Starting with the anniversary of the United States' entry into the war on 6 April 2017, through the anniversary of Armistice Day on 11 November 2018, the Naval History and Heritage Command will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Navy’s experiences in World War I. Throughout the commemoration, NHHC will feature documents that will allow you to see the war through the eyes of the participants. In addition to these highlights, you can learn more by exploring additional resources from the command. 

Featured Documents

This week’s documents evidence lots of problems for the U.S. Navy in areas as diverse as technology, aviation, worker relations, and Anglo-American relations.

 

12 August 1918. Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to the Bureau of Navigation. It seems the Navy’s commander in Europe is not a fan of reserve officers.

 

13 August 1918. Captain Thomas C. Hart, Commander, Submarine Flotilla Two, Anti-Submarine Instructions. Operational instructions for U.S. submarines.

 

14 August 1918.  Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels to All Commandants and All Branch Offices, Office of Naval Intelligence. Seems the U.S. Navy is practicing union-busting.

 

15 August 1918. Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations. Sims was reprimanded for trying to set national policy; here he defends his actions.

 

16 August 1918. Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Commanders of Submarine Chaser Detachments. Principles of employment for sub chasers.

 

17 August 1918. Lieutenant Calvin H. Cobb, Commander, U.S.S. Duncan, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters. Unhappiness with the Navy’s choice for a listening device to be used against U-boats.

 

18 August 1918. Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin D. Roosevelt to Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels. American naval aviation in Europe is a mess—here’s the proof.

 

Learn More

Click the links below to access additional Naval History and Heritage Command resources on the Great War including photo and art collections, archival material, and publications.