Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

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

As a “battle of notes” over an armistice goes on, the Navy moves ahead in mining operations, railway gun deployment, submarine-chaser operations, and anti-submarine warfare. Read about all of these in this week’s documents.

 

14 October 1918. Secretary of State Frank Lansing to Friedrich Oederlin, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim of Switzerland in Charge of German Interests in the United States. A key salvo in the “battle of the notes” over a proposed armistice.

 

15 October 1918. Commander Roger Williams, United States Navy Liaison with the American Expeditionary Forces, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters. Interesting discussion of the Navy’s railway guns operating in France.

 

16 October 1918. Captain Nathan C. Twining, Chief of Staff to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to the Allied Naval Council. On U.S. plans to create more mine barrages, this time in the Mediterranean.

 

17 October 1918. Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels. A fulsome general report including interesting statistical analyses of German submarine attacks and the merchant mariners of the different Allied nations. 

 

18 October 1918. Rear Admiral Albert P. Niblack, Commander, Patrol Squadron Based on Gibraltar, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters. A candid and frank discussion of goings-on at Gibraltar.

 

19 October 1918. Commander Charles P. Nelson, Commander, Submarine Chaser Detachment 2, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters. The sub chasers at Corfu play a role in another operation in the Adriatic. 

 

20 October 1918. Admiral Sir Lewis Bayly, Commander, Southern Ireland, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters. The commander at Queenstown is unhappy about the number of U.S. destroyers involved in accidental collisions and posits a solution.

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.