Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

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

<Cablegram July 8, 1918.>

NAVAL FORCES IN FRANCE

COMMUNICATION OFFICE

DATE

DUTY

ORIGIN

DESTINATION

VIA

ADMIRAL

COMPLETED

7/7

PFG

SIMSADUS

COMFRAN

OPERATIONS

DESTROY

     Department cables evidence1 exists that submarine commanders have known exactly what ships left French ports and when and that torpedoing of American transports when westbound and within 48 hours after leaving French ports shows probable coastal communication with enemy submarines[.] Subject of counter espionage in France merits careful consideration and I desire your views and recommendations as to necessary steps to be taken. 09208

Sims              

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. The handwritten date is confirmed by the time/date stamp at the end of the cable.

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