Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
CABLEGRAM SENT 18 March 1918. RES
To Opnav Washington (Sec Nav) Serial No. 5291
Prep by A-1 SX 21D
5291. Recommend three to five units of four guns each with personnel complete. Anti-aircraft guns must be mounted some distance outside city under control French authorities in charge of local defences. Air station personnel cannot man guns nor can local authorities supply crews. Not believed advisable attempt supply guns any other basis. If
anyx guns supplied searchlights very desirable. 5291
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.