The Mexican War of 1846-1848 is overall not well known here in the United States. When it is talked about it is usually described as the "training ground" for future Generals both North and South that fought in The Civil War less than 20 years later. This documentary does a good and thorough job about describe the circumstances that led the United States to declare war on their southern neighbor in 1846. The documentary does an interesting format of the background describing about how the War of Texas Independence put in motion the events that led to the Mexican War. The United States recoginizing an independent Texas, later adding Texas to the Union, the US wanting land that was Mexican territory, the antagonistic view of General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. What makes this also a good video is commentaries by Mexican historians who describe the Mexican viewpoint of how unjust the circumstances were for Mexico before, during, and after the war. The documentary also gives great analysis of the beginning of the war, the invasion of Mexico, the U.S. winning the battles of Monterrey, Mazatlan, and leading up to victory by taking and capturing Mexico City.
This is a good video for any secondary/college history class that is studying the conflict between Texas and Mexico, and U.S. and Mexico. It is also a documentary that can be a good background to begin studying the U.S. Civil War.
The documentary also leads into the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo ending the Mexican War and the treaties that helped the U.S. gain more land in Arizona and the Southwest U.S.
The only reason that I don't give it a 5 star review is that at times, the story of the war becomes dry and the commentators though essential can get boring to the average viewer.
However, this is truly a great documentary that I recommend for anyone interested in the "early years" of the United States, Southwest U.S. History, Mexican History, Texas History, and Military History as well. Recommended!