Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Insurrecto Outpost

Today we show a picture from the 1911 Mexican Revolution/Insurrection. The photo shows a group of Bandits/Insurrectionists/Freedom Fighters. I consider this photo to be a classic. The men are stationed on the point of a ridge, with what looks like greater than a 180 degree field of fire. They are perfectly positioned for an ambush on the road below. They have proper hats, and have the scruffy look we would expect in such a group. As you can imagine, I would like to see more ammunition in the form of bullet belts around the shoulders, but perhaps given that they are camped here, they have their ammo nearby at the ready. The rocks provide excellent cover, and they are definitely well positioned on the high ground.

13 comments:

  1. Does anybody know what the industrial plant in the background is?

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  2. Funny, what struck me was: no overhead cover, no water, no defensible exit (visible).

    Guess that is why it took so long to take Mexico from a corrupt monarchy to a corrupt democracy.

    -XC

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  3. What seems odd here is that while some guys are taking aim, others seem more concerned about their best side forward for the photographer!

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  4. For the interest of language, those particular 'bullet belts around the shoulders' are called 'Bandoliers.'

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  5. The photo is obviously a posed shot. However, the only smart guy there is the one tucked into the rocks. He is well protected from most angles. I am guessing that this was taken by a traveling photographer who hoped that some day it would hang in the historical museums of the country as an example of the bravery of those who brought freedom to Mexico. Instead, he and the freedom fighters probably died an ignominious death with nothing to show for their efforts but a dusty old photograph that finally showed up on the internet a hundred years later. History is definitely written by the victors.

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  6. If they had only known about the drug trade. Much more lucrative.

    Oh well, perhaps there was too little demand for drugs back then.

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  7. Maybe that is a mining operation in the background. Those men are obviously only concerned with a publicity shot here, because they have given away their location.

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  8. Also, a pile of rocks good for a publicity photo is not necessarily a good strategic position. What it really illustrates about that time and the movement is that these men were popular enough to pose for a publicity photo in an identifiable location.

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  9. Um, aren't you supposed to keep your head down?

    I tend to agree that this is a posed shot. Some men are taking aim, others are taking their ease. The fellow on the far right even seems to be taking a sunbath - or something!

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  10. and theres not 1 LEFTYin the bunch,
    ha ha,
    oldbear.

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  11. Nice target, no? Even if you missed your intended target.

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  12. Rebecca2, the plant could be a smelter. There is an old one in Jaurez just south of El Paso. Careful inspection may show the Rio Grande River which separates the USA from Mexice, flowing along beside the plant. The pollution level looks about right for those cities.

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