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

               CABLEGRAM RECEIVED    February 08208.  SPM.

Origin  Opnav Washington. (Naval Intelligence)    Ser. No. 2808

Ref’d     Date                        Action, Notes & Initials.

N-2       Feb.10

C-S1

27ADR.                              <February 8, 1918>

Simsadus.

2808. For Naval Attache London.2 Attache at Christiania, The Hague, Paris, France, Rome, Italy, Madrid have been instructed to send all Naval and Military telegraphic information to you.3 Request that so much of it as you may consider reliable be transmitted this office. 13008

Benson.

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

Footnote 1: “N-2” was presumably the Intelligence Section within Sims’ headquarters; “C-S” was chief of staff Capt. Nathan C. Twining.

Footnote 2: Sims had been named naval attaché in November 1917. See: Office of the Chief of Naval Operations to Sims, 20 November 1917.

Footnote 3: This was a significant accretion of power for Sims.

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