Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Anne Hitchcock Sims
Wednesday, April 10, 1918
My darling Nani,
One year ago today Babby and I arrived in London. How much has happened since! How little the situation was then understood in America. How difficult it was to make this situation understood! On April 13, 1917, I sent a cable which explained the situation and forecast its meaning. Events have completely justified this. However, it is understood now, and what we are up against. We are a long way from Peace without Victory! Let us hope that without too much sacrifice we may achieve a real victory and real lasting peace.
You have doubtless read in today’s papers Mr. Lloyd George’s explanation of the great offensive, as far as it has gone, and how serious is the battle before us. It is an exceedingly anxious time. Doubtless the struggle will continue most of the summer – the greatest and most important battle in the history of the world. America can never cease to regret that she did not begin preparation for war in 1914; that she did not declare war when the Lusitania was sunk; or that she did not begin at once to make war a year ago when she declared war.
However, these are vain regrets. We now finally know our enemy, where we stand and what we have to do – and will do it with all our might, insofar as the inefficiency of our national organization will permit...
Source Note: ALS, DLC-MSS, William Sims Papers, Box 10.