Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
Date Nov 26 1918 Y 3 File No.
Sent 1232 p.m. 26th Serial No. 206
Recd. 1234 p.m. ″ Cipher 42 ARD
From Amnavpar Paris. To Simsadus
M-4 Nov 28
No. 206. Your 224.
Allied Naval Council secret paper number 240 approved but in my opinion it is unnecessary to wait until peace is declared to sweep channel ten miles wide to the eastward of the Orkney Islands and similar channels to westward Norway, I see no reason why sweeping of all mine fields should not be undertaken at once in accordance with this paper. 123526 206
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.