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Naval History and Heritage Command

Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Lieutenant Colonel James C. Breckinridge, U.S.M.C., Naval Attaché at Stockholm

Subject Copy.                                File No. 28/3/1

Cablegram Sent  11 July 1918   AES

To Alusna Christiania                        Serial No. 91

Prep. by  CS             NCT1 D.R.

32 ADR             

SECRET

91 What in your opinion is the <general> attitude of Norwegian and Swedish public toward the British Proclamation of a mined area in North Sea between Norway and Orkney Islands:2 If opinion is unfavorable, what would be the effect of a public announcement that the United States is a participant in the mining operations, and is responsible for them to a greater extent than Great Britain?3 21511, 91

SIMS

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. As seen in his letter to Naval Intelligence of 12 June 1918, Breckenridge acted as the military advisor in Christiania (Oslo), Norway.

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

Footnote 2: The North Sea mine barrage.

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