Typescript of Parkin’s Affidavit
Chaplain Wright of my regiment, the 316th of the 79th Division, which captured Montfaucon, that is the 79th Division did, remained in the regular army after the war. He told me, after the war, that he had served with the colonel, also after the war, who had commanded the left regiment of the 4th Division during the Argonne battle. This regiment was in touch with the right regiment of the 79th Division (ours) all during our bloody frontal attack on the high and stoutly defended town of Montfaucon. It was the 313th Infantry which captured this town, the 316th, my regiment, was in close support.
This colonel told Chaplain Wright that his regiment got beyond Montfaucon on the first day of the battle, and realized that we were having a very hard time in front of Montfaucon, and were losing heavily. He said he could easily have sent a battalion to attack the town in the rear, and have helped us take it, if the Germans had not vacated it upon their approach, as they most certainly would have done. But the colonel dared not do this without authority as he would be going out of the sector of his division, the 4th. The matter was referred back to brigade headquarters and to division headquarters, and finally to corps headquarters, where General Bullard said that he would not help General Cameron, our corps commander, win any battle laurels, so on account of this nasty jealousy between high officers, the help was not sent to us, and the 4th Division went ahead with its much easier advance, and left us to be slaughtered by hundreds in a frontal attack against the machine guns in Montfaucon.
Bullard received all the high military decorations of America, France, England, and Belgium. What he deserved was a long term in military prison for deliberately murdering hundreds of American soldiers.
H. D. Parkin (signed)
Ex Major, 316th Infantry, 79th Division
Balboa, Calif. 9/14/36
Praise for Betrayal at Little Gibraltar:
“How strange that the Meuse-Argonne campaign in the last weeks of World War I is not better remembered: to this day it remains the largest and costliest battle American troops ever fought. William Walker’s Betrayal at Little Gibraltar should help dispel this national amnesia, for he has given us both a propulsive, closely-observed war narrative, and an engrossing murder mystery. The victims are thousands of needlessly-killed American soldiers, the perpetrator a vain, glory-hungry general whose motives Walker artfully uncovers in a tale of low selfishness and high courage that casts fresh light on the timeless snares of military command while righting a tremendous century-old wrong.”
—Richard Snow, author of A Measureless Peril, I Invented the Modern Age, and the forthcoming Iron Dawn
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