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 November 11, 2018, the Naval History and Heritage Command will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Navy’s experiences in World War I. Throughout the commemoration, the Naval History and Heritage Command 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

Going on the offensive against the U-boat: sub-hunting squadrons and new weaponry.

 

 

17 February 1918. Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Captain Hutchinson I. Cone, United States Staff Representative, Paris, France. Disquieting reports about the performance of a new American airplane engine.

 

18 February 1918. Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Commander Charles R. Belknap, Jr. Let’s play nice.

 

19 February 1918. Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels. Convoying operations in the Mediterranean—here is the data.

 

20 February 1918. Office of the Chief of Naval Operations to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters. Protecting the minelayers for the North Sea mine barrage.

 

21 February 1918. Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to All United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters. More and more powerful depth charges for U.S. forces mandated.

 

22 February 1918. Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels. Good overview of situation and issues facing U.S. Navy in Europe.

 

23 February 1918. Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Lieutenant Commander Charles R. Train, United States Naval Attaché in Rome. Problems with the Italian navy.

 

24 February 1918. Commander Allen Buchanan to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters. On how the new sub-hunting squadrons should operate.

 

 

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.