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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      June <19, 1918> 06220 RES

     Origin Opnav Washington                     Ser. No. 7482

Ref’d to.      Date           Action, Notes and Initials.

N-2         20 June      J.H.R.1 Reply sent June 20th.

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7482. Minister at the Hague2 in report of sinking of Hospital Ship K<Ö>NI<N>GEN REGENTTES3 states that British Hospital Ships used to transport British and German sick and wounded following supposed safe lanes and are under German and British guarantees. Department desires information as to any special agreement that may exist in regard to t reatment of Hospital Ships that in any way modifies German announcement denying them immunity in English Channel. 20019. 7482.


Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. The handwritten date is confirmed by the time-date code that appears at the end of this document.

Footnote 1: Lt. Cmdr. John H. Roys, Sims’ liaison officer with British Naval Intelligence. Roys’ reply has not been located.

Footnote 2: John W. Garrett.

Footnote 3: The Dutch hospital ship Köningin Regentes was sunk on 6 June 1918. For more on the sinking of this vessel, see: Sims to Josephus Daniels, 21 June 1918.

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