Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
DISPATCH TO BE SENT.
Date April 24, 1918
Prepared by Admiral No. 6963
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Situation Western Front regarded with very considerable anxiety.
If Amiens is captured British left wing may have to fall back uncovering channel ports.
As this will greatly increase length of army’s lines of communication with England across most dangerous waters many more escorting vessels will be necessary.
Earnestly recommend all serviceable destroyers be sent earliest pracitcable [i.e., practicable] moment.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.