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Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations and Vice Admiral Henry B. Wilson, Commander, United States Naval Forces in France

DISPATCH TO BE SENT

Date      2 November 1918

To        OPNAV and COMFRAN

Prepared by      CS1                            No. 8713.

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HIGHLY SECRET.

8713. One submarine located November first about latitude fiftysix longitude twenty is probably last of the cruiser submarines at sea and is bound home.

     Concentration of submarines in North Sea discontinued and vessels appear to be proceeding homeward.2 No further information regarding Mediterranean submarines.|3| 144002

SIMS.                  

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

Footnote 1: That is, Chief of Staff, who was Capt. Nathan C. Twining.

Footnote 2: On the concentration of German submarines in the North Sea, see: Sims to Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, 26 October 1918. Also see: William R. Hall to Sims, 1 November 1918.

Footnote 3: For more on the German submarines in the Mediterranean see: Patrol Squadron Based on Gibraltar, Orders, 29 October 1918.

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