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Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Commander Charles R. Train, United States Naval Attaché at Rome


13th August 1918.       

From: Force Commander

To:  Naval Attache, Italian Embassy.

Subject:  Second barrage Otranto Channel, Otranto Aspri-Ruga.

Reference: (a) Your letter INA-864 of 22 July 19181

 (b) Force Commander’s letter 24-27231 of 30 July 1918.2

     1.   In reply to your letter, reference (a), and in continuation of my letter, reference (b), careful consideration has been given to the request contained in your letter of 22 July 1918.

     2.   I have communicated with my Government and after due consideration it appears that the United States is not in a position to furnish the material for the second net barrage of the Otranto Channel, Otranto Aspri-Ruga, without unduly interfering with providing the necessary material for contemplated mining operations in the Mediterranean.3

WM. S. SIMS.       

Source Note: TL, DNA, RG 45, Entry 520, Box 415. Identifiers “28-11-1” and “1/6/J/Q” appear in the top-right corner.

Footnote 1: This letter has not been found.

Footnote 2: See: Sims to Train, 30 July 1918.

Footnote 3: It seems clear Sims intended for Train to pass this message on to the Italian government.