Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to the Office of Naval Intelligence
CABLEGRAM SENT 3 June 1918, RES
To Opnav, Washington (For Navintel) Serial No. 8909
Prep. by S-3 SX D.R.
8909. General Poole of British Army with force of 600 infantry with field guns and machine guns has been sent to Mourmansk. General Poole is to command all military forces ashore both at Mourmansk and Archangel; his special duty will be to organize the Czech, Serbian and other units which are reported to be at those localities. The river Dvina at Archangel is now clear of ice and ships can approach the harbour safely. As result of recent activities of German submarines in the White Sea and Arctic, President of Mourmansk committee has asked the Central authorities for permission to organize defensive forces against enemy submarines. 8909.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.