54mmCamerone - 1863
After five hours of marching the sun of the Tierra caliente began to affect the legionnaires. They decided to stop and take a break for coffee. They gathered some dry sticks from the ruins of a nearby farm.
Before their water for the coffee boiled, they heard a horse whinny. Captain Danjou looked at Second Lieutenant Maudet, his adjunct, who in turn looked in surprised at Lieutenant Vilain. They began barking orders while everyone saw a cloud of dust approaching with loud voices shouting in Spanish, "Adelante! Fuego contra los francesos hijos de puta!". The first bullets shot without aim by the Mexicans whistled over the legionnaires.
Captain Danjou ordered the men to square up with fifteen men on a side with the mules in center. At a second order they pulled out their bayonets and lined up one after another with their guns aimed and ready to response the attack. The Mexicans came on, yelling, with their raised sabres. The legionnaires carefully aimed fires, as they were trained for this, upset many Mexicans and their horses.
After this surprise and very efficient counter attack, the legionnaires pulled back to the ruins of the nearby farm with the order of their commander.
The Mexicans became furious after loosing numerous comrades with the fire of a fistful men, and charged again. This time several legionnaires fell but, their precise fire made Mexicans to take their wounded, and pull back.
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