Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

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

NAVAL FORCES IN FRANCE

COMMUNICATION OFFICE

<July 7, 1918>     

DATE

DUTY

ORIGIN

DESTINATION

VIA

ACTION

7/7

BKS

Simsadus

Comfran

 

COPY TO

NONE

ANSWER ACKNOWLEDGED

# 2699. You are assigned additional duty of meeting regular troop convoys beginning with Group-40 . There will be a few fast convoys sailing irregularly at intervals not oftener than every six days escort to be provided by your force. It is assumed that French force can be counted on to provide 2 escorts each 8 days for New York,N.Y. convoy and Verdon convoy . Please consider whether increasing force will permit sailing additional convoys fromQuiberon as well as increasing protection to Verdon convoy . No further additions should be made at present to coastal escorts . It may be necessary to withdraw some of present coastal escorts . It is desirable to take H N1 convoy direct to Rochefort as general practice . H B2 convoys will probably increase in size . Department may ultimately operate(?) them every 8 days. 17407.

Sims.             

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Date is handwritten and is confirmed by time/date code.

Footnote 1: H.N. convoys went from New York to France.

Footnote 2: H.B. convoys went from New York to the Bay of Biscay in France.

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