First American Army in England Plan of Bullock

by Westbrook Pegler

Muscatine News-Tribune/May 31, 1971

Lieutenant Colonel C. Seymour Bullock, of the Canadian army, former Chicago clergyman, has completed organization plans for the first all-American army, to be formed in England to fight under the Stars and Stripes in France. If congress will accept this means of speedily placing the flag in the trenches the force will be constituted as a unit of the United States army, with a strength of 10,000 seasoned American officers and men from the British front. It is hoped to add to the strength at least 2,000 more from the civilian American population of Great Britain and France.

Colonel Bullock has enlisted Consul General Skinner of London in support of his plan. The Consul-General forwarded the suggestion to Washington and Bullock, through his acquaintance with Senator Smith of Michigan and former Representative Gardner of Massachusetts, hopes to receive the necessary authorization from congress. 

The 10,000 men will not be sent to France in a body. It is intended to take over only a small sector of the line manned by one battalion of Americans, about 1,000 men. The remaining troops will be held in England as a reserve force to be drawn upon for reinforcements when casualties are suffered. As casualties average about 50 per cent of a fighting force for every 45 days of aggressive fighting, there will still be a reserve of almost 5,000 men when the American million is ready to sail for Europe.

Officers are plentiful among the American soldiers in Europe. The names already registered with Colonel Bullock include officers from 18 states, the Philippines and Alaska. Privates in one Canadian battalion alone come from 43 states, Alaska, Porto Rico, the Philippines and Cuba. The new force will be especially well-off for machine-gun officers and crews and members.

The allied armies have drawn a total of 30,000 Americans since the war began. The extent of their casualties can be estimated from the conservative optimism of Colonel Bullock. He asserts that every “Yank” now fighting under a foreign flag is impatient to get into American khaki. Yet his highest estimate of the number obtainable is 10,000 officers and men. However, the missing 20,000 are not necessarily killed. Many have been discharged through wounds and others have been captured.

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