Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to General Tasker H. Bliss, American Permanent Military Representative, Supreme War Council
CABLEGRAM SENT. August 27, 1918.
To: Comfran Brest.
Prep. by CS. 5546
5546. URGENT. Transmit following to General Bliss very confidentially.
“Recent Austrian successes in Albania coupled with reported retirement of Italian to the Malakastre Mountains indicates danger of domination and possible capture Valona by enemy. This would create an entirely new situation in the lower Adriatic which the Allied navies would find it very difficult to meet in their campaign against the submarines. z Plans now on fott [i.e. foot] for clocking submarines in the Adriatic would have to be extensively modified and possibly abandoned altogether should Valona pass into enemy possession. Allied Naval Council will probably make early representations on this subject to Supreme War Council. This message is for your advance informations. Signed Sims”. 5546
Answered by Comfran’s Cable.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 520, Box 415. Identifiers “1/3/J” appear on the right side of the page near the top.