Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations, to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
Cablegram Sent Nov20, 1917.
To Opnav Washington Serial No. 1888
Via Q5 17 ADR Prepared by JVB Appvd by COS
Copies to: COS, JSR.
1888. Information received from Secret Service sources indicate that a large number of German personnel is being sent to Pola to assemble and man German submarines for duty in the Mediterranean. In view of the fact that a number of our vessels are being sunk in that area and that this area, due to winter weather and other circumstances, promises to be the one where most active operations by German submarines will in all probability take place, I shall unless otherwise directed order the yachts now enroute to Europe to proceed from the Azores to Gibraltar for duty in the Mediterranean. Should there be any objection to this action immediate answer is requested. <signed> Benson.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B, Box 17. Document is dated by a later editor to 21 November 1917. Document is an: “Information Copy.”