San Patricios (1998)

Genres - History  |   Sub-Genres - Military & War, Politics & Government  |   Run Time - 50 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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San Patricios: The Tragic Story of the St. Patrick's Battalion, a documentary film by Mark Day, investigates the historic U.S.-Mexican War, the desertion of five hundred immigrant soldiers (mostly Irish) from the American army to the Mexican side, and the way historians view this event today. The deserters, who made up St. Patrick's Battalion, are considered traitors in the States, and heroes in Mexico, but details of their desertion are fuzzy or completely unfamiliar to the average American. Heroes or unforgivable traitors? This documentary tells the complex story and invites viewers to come to their own conclusion about the Irish-American soldiers who changed their name from St. Patrick's Battalion to St. Patricios, and who switched their allegiance overnight.

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desertion, immigrant, Ireland, soldier, war