Commander William R. Sayles, United States Naval Attaché at Paris, to Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels
April 28, 1917.
After consultation with French general staff, and on account of seriousness of losses from submarines, I went to London had conference with Sims on April 25th. My opinion military necessity of situation demands immediate centralization of all recommendations of policy made to Navy Department from European powers. Expressed these views to Sims, he agreed and conferment my opinion of necessity of immediate concerted action to combat growing submarine menace, but stated he was not accredited to French Ministry. My further representation convinced him that military necessity demanded he take responsibility without reference to the Department. Am in constant touch with Sims by telephone and telegraph. All questions of general policy and demands for assistance by France will be forwarded by me to Sims. French Naval Attache at London attended conference agreed in substance to proposition. Will take up question with French General Staff to-day. Will attempt through ambassador to persuade French government that all questions affecting naval matters be taken up by ministry of marine referred to me then transmitted through Sims to the Department. In this connection also would inform Department that I have not latest secret code. 16028.
Source Note: C, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517. There is an identifying number, “52,” in the upper right-hand corner of the cable.