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 the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations

CABLEGRAM SENT  April 23 <24> 1918,     SSM

To Opnav Washington                               Ser. No. 6939

Prep by  CS                      NCT

31 ADR

6939. Your 3080.1 American Ambassador London2 furnishes me copy of letter from Foreign Office the substance of which has been cabled to State Department. The tenor of the letter is to the effect that the pro-German officials in the Azores and Madeira have been removed from Office.3 6939  03024       Sims

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Someone crossed through the “23” in the date and handwrote “24” above it. The handwritten date is consistent with the time/date stamp at the end of the text. Document identifiers in top right-hand corner: “16-4-25” and in columnar fashion: “P/1/4/J.”

Footnote 1: Cable number 3030 has not been found.

Footnote 2: United States Ambassador to England Walter Hines Page.

Footnote 3: A somewhat chaotic political situation in Portugal that saw two coups by pro-German military officers had resulted in pockets of pro-German sentiment, including officials in the Azores and Madeira archipelago. WWI Encyclopedia, Vol. 3: 931-32. Portugal was a traditional ally of the British so their Foreign Office would have good sources of information. As the Americans were in the process of establishing a base in the Azores, the attitude of governmental officials was important. See: Herbert O. Dunn to Sims, 6 April 1918.