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Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Rear Admiral Henry B. Wilson, Commander, United States Naval Forces in France


2 August <1918> EWC     

Comfran Brest.                                       4425

     C-1                       NCT1

                             48 ARD


4425. Beginning with Group 54 troop convoys will cross standard meridian about 210 miles farther to southward than heretofore.2 After crossing meridian convoys will steer for point on 15th meridian 4°30' farther north than Latitude of crossing standard meridian, thence direct to destination indicated. No other crossing except that of standard meridian will be reported to you. When practicable destroyers based on Azores will furnish escort from as far to westward as practicable up to time when your destroyers join. Acknowledge and cable paraphrase. 18002 4425.


Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Note at top of page: “5 copies” Document identifier in columnar fashion: “C/J/1/3/4.”

Footnote 1: “NCT” was Sims’ chief of staff, Capt. Nathan C. Twining.

Footnote 2: On the reason for this change, see: Sims to Herbert O. Dunn, 2 August 1918. Sims protested against this change in a letter to the chief of naval operations of 3 August. See: Sims to William S. Benson, 3 August 1918.

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