1919: Panicked US military sent 6k rifles and requested Machine Gun Battalion to counter imminent Jewish attack on New York.

On May 2, 1919, Captain John B. Trevor sent an urgent request to the director of military intelligence in Washington under the title PIans for the Protection of New York in Case of Local Disturbances. To underscore its gravity, he followed up with a telephone call from his military intelligence office at 302 Broadway. In the hysterical atmosphere of the Red Scare just beginning to spread across America, Trevor was convinced that a Bolshevik revolt was imminent in his home city of New York and that “the force available is utterly inadequate to meet a serious uprising in the congested district.” 1

Fearing local troops would be “overwhelmed by a great superiority of numbers,” Trevor sought “prompt action” from headquarters. The expedited response from Washington the next day alleviated some, though not all, of his mounting anxiety. The good news was that “6,000 Springfield rifles” had already been shipped from Augusta, Georgia. But he had also asked for machine guns, which he intended to organize “into a Machine Gun Battalion with two motor trucks capable of carrying eight guns and crews.” The probable deployment of the desired Machine Gun Battalion was in the area he identified as “most strongly permeated with the Bolshevik movement.” 2

These particular sections of New York were clearly outlined on the secret “Ethnic Map” Captain Trevor had drawn up months before. Pondering these areas of the city, he easily visualized the threat in human form for he had encountered them personally in the streets for decades and had kept them under intense surveillance for more than a year. Trevor’s “Ethnic Map” specifically denoted “the congested districts chiefly inhabited by Russian Jews.” 3

The very same day of his request to Washington, Trevor’s secret agent had again confirmed that radical gatherings were “90%” Jewish.” 4 Accordingly, “it would be eminently desirable,” Trevor had notified his headquarters, “to have sufficient force available to enclose the area and localize the outbreak”.
Disgust towards Jews mutilating Europeans

About the same time, the American military attaché in Switzerland, Colonel William Godson, had sent similar intelligence on the dangers posed by Jewish Bolsheviks in Europe. Godson, one of the army’s most valued intelligence officers, wrote from Poland:

“The connection between the Jews and the Bolsheviki at Vilna seems to be proven without a shadow of a doubt. When the Bolsheviki entered the city they were taken to the houses of the wealthy by the Jews and apparently had this matter arranged beforehand.” 5

Even more horrifying than the seizure and destruction of property were eyewitness accounts of barbarism and butchery by these Bolsheviks. Typical of the atrocity stories that filled pages was that of:

“the man and woman who lived on the estate… [who] had been killed and frightfully mutilated. The woman had her head cut off and the man had his eyes gouged out and his ears and nose cut off.”

Accompanying photographs depicted Bolshevik mutilation of two captured Polish soldiers. Here were naked bodies with butchered flesh, hanging upside down from trees, while:

“the Bolsheviki soldiers were laughing and grinning and standing about.” 6

That event embedded such an indelible image on the mind that two years later, Godson would write passionately:

“I am so thoroughly convinced of the reality of a Jewish movement to dominate the world that I hate to leave a stone unturned.” 7

1 “Plans for the Protection of New York jn Case of Local Disturbances,” May 2, 1919, National Archives, College Park, MD (hereafter NACP), RG 165, Military Intelligence Division (hereafter MID), Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs, 10110-920 (538). ↩

2 Ibid.; Colonel K. C. Masteller to intelligence officer, New York, May 3, 1919, NACP, RG 165, MID 10110-920 (550). ↩

3 NACP, RG 165, MID 10110-920 (538). ↩

4 Inspector C. L. Converse to Captain John B. Trevor, May 2, 1919, NACP, RG 165, MID 10110-920 (547). ↩

5 “Trip to Vilna and Warsaw,” May 15, 1919, NACP, RG 165, MID 2067-85. ↩

6 Ibid. ↩

7 Colonel William Godson to Major Sherman Miles, February 21, 1921, NACP, RG 165, MID 245-48 (41). ↩

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