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Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Captain Richard H. Jackson, American Naval Representative in Paris

 

                          Cablegram Sent     17 November, 1917.

To Jackson, Marine, Paris,                      Serial No. 508

Via N C B 19 D                    Prep. by BAL Appvd. by NCT1

Sent                         Initials                  File No.

     BAL <Only>

VERY SECRET

508. War 71. Reference Paragraph 1 and 1-A your number 277.2 Transport group now at Brest France with two additional vessels when in service will operate regularly to Brest France. Tugs and lighters for this service will be requisitioned numbered and equipped as rapidly as possible.

     Navy investigation project to provide channel boats for transportation of troops between England and France. Until such arrangements are made transportation of troops through England will be limited to present movement which approximates a maximum average stated in your cable. Signed Biddle.3 12118,

SIMS

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. “Action Copy.” is printed in the upper-left corner.

Footnote 1: Cmdr. Byron A. Long, one of Sims’ aides, and Capt. Nathan C. Twining, Sims’ Chief of Staff.

Footnote 2: This document has not been found.

Footnote 3: Possibly, Assistant Paymaster Ernest Biddle, U.S.N.R.F.

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