Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations, to Rear Admiral Henry S. Knapp, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
Action Copy. File No.
Cablegram Received April 22 1919
Origin Amnavpar Paris Ser. No. 1243
Simsadus for Admiral Knapp
1243 Your personal letter April 19th.1Consider Allied Naval Council should be definitely dissolved2 130922 1243
Sent 1:09 PM
Recd 1:08 PM April 22
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. A table for additional cataloguing information appears below the heading. As it is largely left blank, it is not included here.
Footnote 1: This letter has not been found.
Footnote 2: The Allied Naval Council was formed in January 1918 to “secure and ensure the closet touch and most complete co-operation between the Allied Navies.” It consisted of the Ministers of Marine from Great Britain, France, and Italy, and representatives from Japan and the United States. VAdm. William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces in European Waters, was the American member. The Council met in Rome each month, and while it could not overcome all the differences among the Allied nations, it did contribute to effective naval operations. Constitution of Allied Naval Council; Still, Crisis at Sea: 79-80.