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Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Rear Admiral William H. H. Bullard, Commanding Officer, United States Forces Based at Malta

File No. 25-9-16 E

CABLEGRAM SENT.     October 3<4>. 1918.

Amata, Malta.                               Serial No. 6

CS   NCT            SX

                        43 ARD.

SECRET.

6    Nelson1 at Corfu has been instructed to neith<er> seek nor accept orders looking to the removal of his forces from Corfu to any other base or to employment other than as a part of the mobile barrage in the Straits of Otranto. This is communicated for your information in case enquiry should be made of you as to our policy. I am informed that Admiralty has made plans for abandonment of the Otranto mobile barrage but that these are to become effective only in case Austria drops out of the war. Temporary removal of certain units is due to a need for them in connection with land operations at Kavala. 180523 6

Sims              

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 520, Box 415. The handwritten date is confirmed by the time/date notation at the end of the cable.

Footnote 1: Capt. Charles P. Nelson, Commander, United States Forces Based at Corfu.

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