Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The Modern Border War...!

America has actually been involved in some conflicts very close to home at times. Can you say "Mexico"?

In 1918, the fighting took on a very real feeling of a war. Shooting on both sides was rampant and deadly, and certainly could have gotten completely out of control before it ceased. From the folks at Listverse, here is a bit of history you may not know!

Battle Of Ambos Nogalesnogales


Photo credit: United States Army

When people think of World War I, they usually assume the fighting never reached the American continent. However, as the war neared its end, fighting between Mexican and US forces erupted along the border. The battle occurred in Ambos Nogales, a city split down the middle by a wide boulevard. Half of the town was in Mexican territory, and the other half was in US territory. (The Spanish word ambos actually means “both.”)

Relations between the two countries were already tense due to the Zimmerman Telegram, an intercepted communique between the German and Mexican governments, which enticed Mexico to attack the US. And in August 1918, American intelligence services reported a buildup of Mexican soldiers and armaments on the Mexican side of Nogales. Naturally, this made American troops incredibly nervous, and things only got worse on August 27.

On this particular day, a Mexican named Gil Lamadrid attempted to cross the border from the US side. He was carrying a large parcel through Nogales when US customs officials ordered him to stop. They wanted to examine the package, but then Mexican officials began telling Gil Lamadrid to cross the border immediately. In the confusion, a US soldier raised his rifle to threaten Gil Lamadrid. And that’s when gunfire erupted. Nobody knows who fired the first shot, but suddenly bullets were flying from both sides.

Mexican citizens grabbed their rifles and started shooting at the American soldiers. Ready to fight, the US 10th Cavalry (made of “Buffalo Soldiers”) charged across the border and began fighting in the streets. The battle soon spread into the American side. The 35th Infantry brought in machine guns to combat Mexican troops, and they soon captured the hills around the city. Felix Penalosa, the mayor of Mexican Nogales, attempted to wave a white flag of surrender, but he was fatally shot by American soldiers.

The death of the mayor served as a wake-up call for both sides. Mexican and US commanders gradually stopped the fighting, and the Battle of Ambos Nogales eventually came to an end.

It occurs to me that the U.S. isn't as untouchable as we would think. Certainly in the past and, most likely, in the future. If our enemies really want to get to us, we should be much more vigilant perhaps than we have been in the past, ya think?

Let's talk about this while we have coffee out on the patio.

8 comments:

Weekend-Windup said...

Nice to read about this wonderful information. Thanks for sharing them...

HermitJim said...

Hey WW...
I'm glad you found it interesting.
Thank you for stopping by today!

Gorges Smythe said...

There's a lot of history that most folks don't know. For instance, few realize that Pancho Villa was funded by the Germans.

Chickenmom said...

Thanks for always making us aware of unknown bits of history, Mr. Hermit! Had never even heard of this story.

linda m said...

I never heard this story before. Thanks for sharing.

Sixbears said...

I love these little forgotten History jems. Of course, we forget that Canada kicked US butt in the War of 1812.

JO said...

And the war still lingers here on that Twin border. And I just don't understand how this country salutes Ponch Villa when he crossed the US border in Mexico and killed almost every single person in the little town while they slept. Oh well I know nothing.

Woke up t more rain this morning, didn't know this was coming either. see yo all on the patio

HermitJim said...

Hey Gorges...
Most folks would be a little shocked if they really knew our history. Probably best that they don't!
Thanks for coming over today!


Hey Phyllis...
You know that I always try and find the strange and obscure for you to study.
Thanks for dropping by today!


Hey Linda...
I like to find the stories that are new to us. Not that hard if you know where to look!
Thanks for coming by this morning!~


Hey Sixbears...
So many stories that should be taught...aren't. Good or bad, these stories are from our past and belong to us. Hopefully we'll learn from them, but I don't hold out much hope!
Thanks for the visit this morning!


Hey Jo...
Many things are hard to understand about our past. We tend to make heroes out of some really bad guys at times. Why...I don't know.
Thanks for dropping by today, Sweetie.