Please note that the previous precursory chapter marked the end of the first volume in this series. You can find the Index here. The precursory chapter below will commence the second volume and an Index will be added very soon. Because the copy below was originally published by the authors at an earlier date as part of the first volume and then reposted here, it is subject to change as a precursory chapter.
James Dudley Wilmeth is dead.
He died at the age of 86 on July 20, 1997 in Fort Worth, Texas, but had he been still alive and mentally competent in 2022, and had he been asked about the ongoing proxy war being fought between the USA and Russia on the battlefield of Ukraine, he might have told everyone an amazing story about how it all began. But then, maybe he wouldn't, because he didn't.
He certainly had an interesting personal story to tell about his life, but so far we have not come across a comprehensive and detailed account of it in print, or in any other medium, and yet, what a story it is. Even if his biography only focused upon why he was sent to Moscow in 1944, it would still make anyone reading a newspaper or a periodical, or watching a television news broadcast or listening to a radio report about the war in Ukraine, sit up and ponder. If, that is, people still ponder in critical thought. But if a person does ponder, and if that person knows about Churchill's "naughty document", then they might well ponder some more about the war in Ukraine.
But maybe not.
Back in 1944, Ukraine was part of the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics, and therefore Ukraine was merely a State, in the same way that Texas is a State, but it was not a sovereign country any more than Texas is a sovereign country. Strangely enough, because of its a ability to produce food and oil, the State of Texas was the economic powerhouse driving the USA, and Ukraine still has some of those same physical attributes that once fed the USSR.
Texas also used its financial leverage to influence the geopolitical thoughts of those controlling the federal government of the USA, and in the Nineteen Fifties that included its ability to censor by fear and intimidation. Now that same blanket used to silence alternative thoughts and inspire critical thinking has descended once again.
Back in 1944, technology did not allow for instant and widespread electronic communications the way it does now, and yet, under today's advanced system of communication where, as the BBC slogan once put it in 1927: "nation shall speak peace unto nation", a blanket of censorship is currently smothering the West. Meanwhile, in Russia, the country being censored by the West, if a person knows where to look, there is a service that opens up to anyone who cares to listen, a service making available to all, free of charge, the opinions of the world. Funnily enough, that same Russian outlet is also accessible in the West which tried to imply that it has shut out anything to do with Russian opinion.
But censorship is one big cynical game, and in WWII, Churchill mocked Hitler for shutting out alternative viewpoints. He said that Nazi Germany could make tanks and airplanes, but it could not shut out tiny thoughts in opposition, no matter how hard Hitler's cronies tried. However, lest anyone think that Churchill was not a bigot and that he was open to the ideas of others, it is important to remember that back in 1920, in a full page Sunday newspaper article published in Scotland where he was a representative Member of Parliament, it was Churchill who promoted the idea of "good Jews and bad Jews". Churchill also promoted the conspiracy idea of the 'Illuminati' in that same article.
However, in 1944, Churchill was not above carving up Eastern Europe by writing on a scrap of paper which country should be assigned to either the USSR or UK and friends, once Nazi Germany had been defeated. Churchill called it a 'naughty document', and lest you think that this is fiction, in recent years that same document went on display. Churchill engaged in his scribbles to which Stalin added his 'uptick' mark of approval and side notes, at what is now known as the 'Second Moscow Conference'.
This Conference, codenamed 'Tolstoy', took place in Moscow during 1944 between the 9th and 19th of October. The purpose of thiat meeting was to enable British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to meet with Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin They met to discuss, among other things, when the USSR would declare war on Japan. Other people were also present as observers, and they included British Foreign Minister Anthony Eden; Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov; U.S. Ambassador Averell Harriman, and U.S. General John Dean, representing the U.S. military.
It was at this meeting that Churchill began scribbling on a piece of paper the fate of many other nations. Churchill gave 90% of Romania; 10% of Greece; half of Yugoslavia; half of Hungary and three-quarters of Bulgaria, to the USSR. Stalin simply put an uptick mark to show that it was okay by him. When it came to Poland the matter was deferred to another meeting.
Upon reflection about what Churchill and Stalin had just concluded on that bit of paper, Churchill mused upon the cynical nature about what they had just done in such a casual manner by deciding upon the fate of millions of people. It caused Churchill to understate the matter by calling his handwritten notes with Stalin's uptick on them, a "naughty document".
So when it came to reading in a 1956 newspaper that: "In the following year, he (James Dudley Wilmeth) was sent to Moscow on a military mission", and that he stayed there for some considerable time, it did not take a lot research to discover just what was going on in Moscow during 1944 that required his presence. Confirming that Wilmeth had been sent to Moscow to carry out part of the application of that "naughty document", it is only necessary to consider his activities and whereabouts that followed once World War II came to a halt in Europe.
The 1956 Austin newspaper also reported that:"When World War II ended, Wilmeth held the rank of lieutenant colonel and had already collected an impressive array of medals and service decorations. From 1945 to 1947 he commanded or served as an officer on the control commissions set up by the Allies in Austria, Hungary ...."
On Sunday, July 1, 1945, the 'Fort Worth Star Telegram' reported that according to the mother of Lt. Col. James Dudley Wilmeth, he was ...."stationed in Moscow on a U.S. military mission with the American Embassy." The paper also reported that he "has been awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service in connection with military operations from February 16 to March 28, 1945, " It also stated that: "He has been overseas for three years. His wife and son, Jimmy, live in New York City."
This 1945 news item also explained that Wilmeth "served as organizer and head of a POW contact team in the area of Lublin, Poland, that was responsible for the repatriation of the Russian troops."
It is an innocent sounding line about Wilmeth and Prisoners Of War, but it conceals a lot of extremely unpleasant information, because it has to do with the practical application of Winston Churchill's "naughty document".
In some ways Wilmeth's assignment smacks of imitating Heinrich Himmler's 'Final Solution', because it was all about dealing with unwanted individuals. In this instance, Wilmeth was knowingly assisting in the 'disposal' of Stalin's political enemies, even though he might have been "just following orders".
The next line could also be referring to the Nazi program when it stated that:"Working against language difficulties and shortages of transportation and communication facilities, he successfully organized an assembly point with facilities for clothing, feeding, housing, and processing of the returning prisoners."
A short time before Wilmeth went to work, the same railways were under Nazi control, and they had also been "Working against language difficulties and shortages of transportation and communication facilities ...." The Nazis had also "successfully organized an assembly point(s) with facilities for clothing, feeding, housing, and processing .... prisoners."
We know what the Nazis did with their assembled prisoners, but what did Wilmeth and his colleagues do with their prisoners? They were all prisoners. They were individually unable to decide their own destination and future. Instead, some of them were under the command of James Dudley Wilmeth and he made that decision for them, like or not.
It all has to do with what happened between 1944 and 1947. This is what a partial review of Nikolai Tolstoy's book'Victims of Yalta: The Secret Betrayal of the Allies'. had to say in the journal 'Imprimis', for December 1988, in Volume 17, No. 12. "At the end of World War II, two million Russians-including White Russians, Cossacks, Slovenians, Croats and Serbs who were POWs or simply living in exile-were forcibly repatriated to the Soviet Union. Men, women and children were turned over to the Russian secret police at gunpoint. .... This tragedy, although nearly a half-century old, ought not be forgotten." Clearly that story related to the same time and place as the military assignment handed to James Dudley Wilmeth.
This is still a highly controversial issue.
Some reports state the Americans were horrified at the treatment being handed out to the Russian POWs by the Soviet armed forces, and that the Americans were trapped into handing over the Russians to the British, who then handed them over to the Soviets, while Americans were repatriating their own from Soviet captivity. Other reports claim that the situation become worse after the Yalta Conference. Overall it was not an episode that either the Americans or British wanted to openly discuss.
The attempts to stop further leaks about the fate of Russians who did not want to be repatriated, as well as the human rights uproar that blew-up and tried to ascribe all of the blame on Anthony Eden, became a major issue in the early Nineteen Fifties. But this is not a story about European human rights abuses in the wake of World War II, this part is only included because it relates to the life experiences of james Dudley Wilmeth, and his story is only important here because it relates to our own story.
We will move on.
From 1948 to 1952, Wilmeth was first assigned to Korea and then he "was assigned to G2 Section for intelligence work in Japan." ('Austin American -Statesman', August 2, 1956.) We wanted to know more about G2 and Army Intelligence, and it turns out to be an oxymoron. It wasn't an intelligent operation that Wilmeth was assigned to work for. It was an unintelligent disaster being managed by a self-opinionated man with a lot of authority.
U.S. Army Intelligence in Japan was created once Japan surrendered. G2 was an Army affair that put up a wall between it and the new Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). It had been formed the year before Wilmeth was assigned to work in Japan for G2. There was no cooperation between G2 and CIA. They were rivals.
According to 'The Diplomat' magazine for November 2017, G2 was under the command of U.S. Army General Charles A. Willoughby. He was identified as "most likely the worst intelligence chief the U.S. Army has ever had." As head of Intelligence during the Korean War, it was Willoughby who supplied General Douglas MacArthur with information that underestimated and misrepresented the threat of invasion posed by China.
General Willoughby is the man to whom James Dudley Wilmeth reported within a chain of command. This is what the'The Diplomat' magazine had to say about Willoughby: "Anything MacArthur wanted, Willoughby produced intelligence for… In this case Willoughby falsified the intelligence reports… He should have gone to jail,” said the chief of operations of the 10th Corps of the 8th Army, Lieutenant-Colonel John Chiles." Author David Halberstam described Willoughby as a man with"the need to have someone who agreed with him at all times and flatter him constantly,”
That was James Dudley Wilmeth's boss until August 31, 1951.
Willoughby was fiercely anti-communist and is alleged to have staged one assassination while still serving in Japan. After he retired from the U.S. Army, Willoughby worked as an advisor to the fascist dictator Francisco Franco in Spain. Later, Willoughby became a close advisor to H. L. Hunt, the Texas oil millionaire based in the Dallas area. Hunt was both a publisher and broadcaster of anti-communist rhetoric mixed with evangelical Christianity.
This was the background training of James Dudley Wilmeth in 1952 when he joined the faculty of the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. This position gave Wilmeth an authoritative platform in print in which he could express all that he had learned. Soon the entire United States Army would learn of Wilmeth's geopolitical world view, especially as it applied to Russia.
Next: The Curtain Descends ....