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Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Rear Admiral Henry B. Wilson, Commander, Patrol Squadrons Based in France


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26 August 1918   EWG         

Comfran Brest.                               [Serial No.] 5481

O-1                                NCT.1

                                        31 ARD.


5481. Your 5332.2 In order to provide greater secrecy suggest that word ships be used instead of transports, and that route of transports be reported using Admiralty secret chart with British Cipher “N”. For merchantile convoys route to be given in Latitude and Longitude. With these modifications the chances of information getting to the enemy at any time are negligible.

     My 52353 refers only to sailings of westbound shipping. 204526.                                                5481.


Source Note: C, DNA, RG45, Entry 520. Document identifier: “C/J/1/3” appears in upper right corner of document.

Footnote 1: Capt. Nathan C. Twining, Chief of Staff, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters.

Footnote 2: Document not found.

Footnote 3: Document not found.

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