Captain Richard H. Jackson, United States Staff Representative in Paris, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
ACTION COPY. File No. 18-3-[2?].
CABLEGRAM RECEIVED June: <24, 1918.> 02523
Origin: Comfran, Brest. Ser No. 3178.
Ref’d to Date
S-3 26 June
3178. Latest dispatches from Italian front indicate probability of substantial victory over Austrians who began retiring beyond Piave via rafts and bridges night June 22nd. Heavy rains previous 6 days had jeopardized their positions. Early June 22nd rains seriously interfered with movements of Austrian troops who first began orderly retreat later demoralized and disorderly. Many prisoners taken, much material abandoned due to swampy ground following heavy rains. This with Italian counter attack on western front near Reims night June 23rd has remarkably increased esprit of Italian troops. Jackson UNQUOTE. 22124 3178
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. The handwritten date is confirmed by the time/date stamp at the end of the text. Document identifier in columnar fashion in top right-hand corner: “6/J/1/3/5/6/0.”