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Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, second cable of the day

     CABLEGRAM SENT 5 Sept. 1918   ALS

To—Opnav Washington           Serial No. 4205

Prep. by  A6             SX   D.R.

                              B

4205. In support of Prime Minister’s1 statement in House of Commons on August 7th that one hundred and fifty submarines have been destroyed, which was denied by the German Government, Admiralty have given to press full names, rank and fate of one hundred and fifty submarine captains together with numerous remarks concerning their records to be released September 6th.2 Statement considered too long to duplicate officially. 165505    4205

SIMS

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Identifiers “1/3/H/J” and “16-5-9” appear in the upper-left corner.

Footnote 1: David Lloyd George.

Footnote 2: A total of 178 German U-boats were sunk in World War I, excluding those scuttled by the German Navy after the Armistice. About 162 had been sunk by this point. Kemp, U-Boats Destroyed: 7, 55-59.

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