Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters

Action Copy.                                 File No.

Cablegram Received <August 13, 1918.> RES

Origin OPNAV, WASHINGTON.                    Ser. No. SIMBEN I2.

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Date

ACTION, NOTES and INITIALS.

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I3 Aug.

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46 ARD.                   HIGHLY SECRET.

Simsadus.

Simben I2.In studying possibility enemy capital ships attacking our convoys the probability or possibility of their coming through Straitsghts of Dover,England is very important.Your views together with those of Admiralty desired on this point.What is exact status of North Sea Barrage at present<?>When will it be completed<?> Simben I21 I20I3

Benson.

I0.50 P.M. August I3,I9I8.   

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.

Footnote 1: For Sims’ reply, see: Sims to Opnav, 16 August 1918.