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Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations

Action Copy.                                File No.

          CABLEGRAM SENT 24 November 1918    Y-57

To Amnavpar, Paris                Serial No. 209

Prep. by CS             SX D.R.

                                  43 ARD


209 For Benson. Approved demobilization plan regarding railway batteries provides that guns and other technical ordnance material be returned to United States. Wilson1 reports that guns, mounts, pits, and ammunition cards will be dissembled for shipment to the United States and he recommends that if it is the intention to use this material on its arrival in the United States sufficient personnel be retained in the organization to assemble and re-erect the material upon its arrival at home. Request your opinion and instructions in this matter. Batteries begin moving to St. Nazaire to-day, November twenty-fourth. 130224 209


Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45. Entry 517B.

Footnote 1: VAdm. Henry B. Wilson, Commander, United States Naval Forces based in France.

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