Deadliest Warrior (2011): S03E08 – Crazy Horse vs. Pancho Villa


Deadliest Warrior is a 2009 documentary series in which the great warriors of history are examined for fantasy combat simulations.


Crazy Horse, a Lakota war chief who fought the US Army for years, vs. Poncho Villa, the Mexican revolutionary who conducted raids on US soil.

  • Crazy Horse Team: Moses Brings Plenty (Lakota Tribesman/Firearms Expert), Delano “Blu” Eagle (Former US Marine/Lakota Tribesman)
    Crazy Horse Weapons: Inyankapemni Club, 1873 Colt, 1860 Henry Repeating Rifle
    Crazy Horse Tactics: Hit and Run
  • Pancho Villa Team: Fernando Vazquez (Expert Marksman/Horseman), Santiago Villalobos (Villa Folklore Historian)
    Pancho Villa Weapons: Bolo Knife, Colt Bisley, 1894 Winchester Repeating Rifle
    Pancho Villa Tactics: El Golpe Terrifico
  • For short-range weapons, the Inyankapemni club was tested against the bolo knife in damaging a gel torso in 15 secs. The Inyankapemni caused a depressed skull fracture and had a swing force of 104 mph but broke during the test while the bolo knife achieved a decapitation. The edge was given to the bolo knife for its durability and flexibility.
  • For mid-range weapons, the Colt Bisley was tested against the 1873 Colt in ballistics performance and eliminating five targets with six rounds without hitting a horse. The Colt Bisley had a muzzle velocity of 1168 fps while the Colt 1873 had a muzzle velocity of 997 fps but caused more internal damage. In the second test, both guns had a 5/6 hit ratio with the 1873 Colt scoring a 3/5 kill ratio in 21s to the Colt Bisley’s 2/5 kill ratio in 17s. The edge was given to the 1873 Colt for its longer barrel and higher damage.
  • For long-range weapons, the 1860 Henry was tested against the 1894 Winchester in eliminating four targets at 50 yards and five targets on horseback. In the first test, the 1860 Henry scored a 40% hit ratio and 2 kills in 1:15 but jammed once while the 1894 Winchester scored a 40% hit ratio and 1 kill in 48s. In the second test, both weapons scored a 3/5 hit ratio with 2 kills to the 1860 Henry and 1 kill to the 1894 Winchester. The edge was given to the 1894 Winchester since it was a newer and more reliable rifle.
  • For military tactics, Pancho Villa’s “Ferocious Blow” was compared to Crazy Horse’s “Hit and Run”. At the 2nd Battle of Torreón, Pancho began his attack with an infantry advance which was a failure that resulted in them being counter-attacked and bombarded by a numerically superior force of 10,000 Federale soldiers. Pancho’s villistas soon redoubled their efforts by moving in at night and besieging the position that the artillery fire came from. At the Battle of Rosebud Creek, General Crook attempted to array his cavalry in a single line on the high ground which Crazy Horse anticipated and responded to with hit and run raids. Due to a communications breakdown and inability to hit the attacking Sioux/Cheyenne raiders, Crazy Horse launched a frontal attack while Crook’s forces were reloading and managed to outflank and overrun them, forcing General Crook to withdraw and resulting in the annihilation of Custer’s 7th Cavalry at the Little Bighorn. The edge was given to Crazy Horse for his tactical abilities in using the terrain to his advantage, outmanoeuvring the enemy, and using their numbers and inability to coordinate and resupply against them.
  • This is the first episode of season 3 to show a weapon that did not go into the simulation (Crazy Horse’s self bow.) Although, while Crazy Horse had the bow in the simulation, he never used it.
  • Crazy Horse is tied with the Spetznaz leader and Hernán Cortés for most human kills in a simulation (four) and is the only warrior to lose the match while doing this.

Re-enactment 30

The battle starts under a tree at Pancho Villa’s campsite, where 4 Villistas are inspecting their weapons and Pancho slicing and eating a pomegranate with his bolo knife. Not far away, Crazy Horse and 4 Lakota come over the hill, himself and two other Lakota mounted on horseback. Villa and his Villistas look over to the hill just as Crazy Horse and his men give loud war whoops. Sensing a fight, Pancho orders his men to arm up as he sheaths his bolo. As the Lakotas charge forth firing their repeating Henry rifles, the Villistas take defensive positions and return fire with their repeating Winchester rifles. As one Villistas rides into the middle of the field, another takes aim with his Colt Bisley and fires, killing one of the other mounted Lakota who slumps down in his saddle. As the Villista rides towards the Lakota, he is fatally shot by Crazy Horse using his Henry rifle, and falls down from his horse. The Villa Revolutionaries continue to fire until the Lakota come too close for comfort. The Mexicans retreat from their campsite for better cover, with Villa mounting a horse and escaping. Crazy Horse regroups with his fellow men and give celebratory war whoops to each other. The remaining 4 Native Americans then decide to split up into two groups: Crazy Horse and the other mounted Lakota on horseback, and the other two Lakota on foot. An unknown amount of time passes as seen by clouds moving overhead. In a nearby field, Crazy Horse and his fellow brave have dismounted and are navigating the tall grass with rifles in hand. The other Lakota suddenly steps on a large twig, giving their position to the other 2 Villistas. Behind tree cover, one of the Villistas fires his Winchester and shoots the other Lakota in the head. Crazy Horse ducks down and disappears into the grass. The Villistas cautiously wait for Crazy Horse to make his move, with one of them shooting into the grass with his Bisley. The Lakota chief, moving and camouflaged, reappears and aims his Colt, shooting the Villista with the Winchester in the eye. The other Villista fires his Bisley at the Lakota chief as he makes a run for his life. Crazy Horse quickly holsters his revolver and gives chase. Meanwhile, in the forest, the natives follow Pancho and the last Villista, cornering them behind trees. Both revolutionaries pull out their Colt Bisleys and fire, shooting one of the natives as he rises from cover and draws his revolver. While Pancho has a shootout with the other native, the other revolutionary attempts to reload his gun, only to be shot in the neck by Crazy Horse who appears right behind the two Mexicans. Crazy Horse draws a bead on Pancho but discovers he has depleted the last of his Colt ammo and readies his war club, preparing to get the drop on the Mexican general. Pancho stops firing at the last Lakota brave as he sees his last Villista run up behind him and run him through with his bolo knife. The Villista then runs past Villa, and noticing Crazy Horse, charges at him. He is quickly put down by a blow to the head from Crazy Horse’s war club. As the Lakota chief advances at the Mexican general, Pancho attempts to fire his revolver which has run out of ammo. Crazy Horse brings the club down on his left shoulder, causing him to shout in pain. Pancho Villa then drops his guns and draws his bolo knife. After each swings and misses, Pancho closes and cuts Crazy Horse across the chest. The Lakota brave goes down and Villa goes in for an overhead cut, which is blocked by Crazy Horse holding the club out in front of him. The club breaks, and Crazy Horse forces Pancho off with his leg. He distracts Pancho Villa by throwing the stone end of the club at Pancho’s face and with Pancho stunned, Crazy Horse gets to his feet and tries to stab him with the splintered handle. Pancho grabs Crazy Horse by the hand and stops him, just before stabbing the chief in the chest. As Crazy Horse slumps down, Pancho removes his knife in a slashing motion and adds a cut to the neck of his opponent. Pancho then stands up and raises his arms, shouting triumphantly “¡Victoria!” (Victory!).

Winner: Pancho Villa.

Deadliest Warrior Series

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Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 07 September 2011.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Running Time: 42 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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