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Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters

Action Copy.                       File No. <16-4-14>

Cablegram Received  July <12, 1918.> 12513.  SFM

Origin Opnav Washington            Ser. No. 8442.

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July 13

<AX  July 12.1918>




<RTasoun 76 OLYMPIA C-14>

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8442. For U.S.S. OLYMPIA. State Department desires information as to composition, political views, and plans in contemplation of Russian mixed council and desires to enter into convention with Allied Powers represented at Mourmansk for protection of that region.1 22102. 8442.


Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Handwritten date is confirmed by time/date stamp.

Footnote 1: On 7 June 1918, the Murmansk Presidium acted independently to approve the use of a mix Allied force to combat attacking German and Finnish troops against the wishes of the Moscow Bolshevik government. C.D. Moffat, The Allied Intervention in Russia 1918-1920: The Diplomacy of Chaos (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), 77-79.