(Harrisburg): The Military Service Publishing Company, 1934. First edition. Black and white photographs, diagrams, endpaper maps. Hardcover. Octavo. xx, 270 pages. Very good. Minor extremity rubs, two prior owner names penned on recto of frontispiece. With custom cut Mylar cover.
Detailed first-hand account of the 1916 Expedition into Mexico ordered by President Wilson in response to Pancho Villa's raid on Columbus, NM. Colonel (then Major) Tompkins was in command of the post that was attacked by Villa and commanded cavalry troops with great success in the hostile engagements of the subsequent expedition into Mexico under General John Pershing. This was the U.S. Army's first use of airplanes and truck convoys for supplies, both of which were valuable experiences going into World War I.
Includes Appendices on the following: A) Cavalry lessons learned, B) Reports of operations of the first aero squadron, C) Motor transport experiences, and D) Roster of officers who served in the Expedition.