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

Communications Copy

Date Nov 26 1918 Y 3                            File No.

Sent 1232 p.m. 26th                             Serial No. 206

Recd. 1234 p.m.                                 Cipher 42 ARD

Received Cablegram

From    Amnavpar Paris.            To Simsadus

M-4     Nov 28



No. 206. Your 224.1

Allied Naval Council secret paper number 240 approved2 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.

Footnote 1: See, Sims to Benson, 25 November 1918, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.

Footnote 2: A copy of this report has not been located.