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

Action Copy.  Information Copy.                        File No.

Cablegram Received  25 October <23,> 1918.

Origin Opnav Washington.                          Ser. No. 3678

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3678. Under present policy army transports for French ports bunker for round trip. Army tonnage very short, they wish to know is it possible for their ships to bunker for 1 way only, re-bunker in England, in order increase carrying capacity for east bound voyages. Army asks General Harbord to confer with you.1 18023 3678.


Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 435, Entry 517B. The handwritten date is confirmed by the time/date notation following the text of the cable.

Footnote 1: Brig. Gen. James G. Harbord oversaw the U.S. Army’s supply delivery system. In a cable of 29 October, 1918, Sims’ staff recommended that this scheme not be implemented arguing that the time lost would not compensate for the cargo space gained. See, Sims to Opnav, 29 October 1918, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.

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