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 Nov, 14, 1917.
To Opnav, Washington Serial No. 1457.
Via NCB 25 ADR Prepared by WDN APPD.BY
File No. 55/1/a.
Copy sent Colonel House by Office Messenger.
1457. For President and Secretary of State from Colonel House quote Decisions of a Conference of representatives of the British, French and Italian Governments assembled at Rapallo on November 7th, 1917.
(1) The representatives of the British French and Italian Governments assembled at Rapallo on November 7th 1917 have agreed on the scheme for the organization of a Supreme War Council with a Permanent Military representative from each Power, contained in the following paragraph. Scheme of organization of a supreme War Council.
(2) 1. With a view to the better co-ordination of military action on the Western front a Supreme War Council is created composed of the Prime Minister and a Member of the Government of each of the Great Powers whose armies are fighting on that front. The extension of the scope of the Council to other fronts is reserved for discussion with the other Great Powers.
2. The Supreme War Council has for its mission to watch over the general conduct of the War. It prepares recommendations for the decision of the Governments and keeps itself informed of their execution and reports thereon to the respective Governments.
3. The General Staffs and Military Commands of the Armies of each Power charged with the conduct of military operations remain responsible to their respective Governments.
4. The general war plans drawn up by the competent military authorities are submitted to the Supreme War Council which under the high authority of the Governments assure their concordance and submits if need be any necessary changes.
5. Each Power delegates to the Supreme War Council one Permanent Military Representative whose exclusive function is to act as technical adviser to the Council.
6. The Military representatives receive from the Government and the competent military authorities of their country all proposals information and documents relating to the conduct of the war.
7. The Military Representatives watch day by day the situation of the forces and of the means of all kinds of which the Allied Armies and the enemy armies dispose.
8. The Supreme War Council meets normally at Versailles where the Permanent Military Representatives and their Staffs are established. They may meet at other places as may be agreed upon according to circumstances. The Meetings of the Supreme War Council will take place at least once a month.
(3) The Permanent Military Representatives will be as follows: For France General Foch, for Great Britain General Henry Wilson, For Italy General Cadorna. Edward House. Unquote.