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Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Brigadier General Henry P. McCain, Adjutant General of the United States Army

 

                        Cablegram Sent                                               September 7 1917

To  Opnav for Adjutant General, War Dept.                                         Serial No. 487

Via N C B A                                                          Prep by NCT  Appvd by C. of S.1

                                                                                            File No      

Copies to C. of S.; J.V.B.; Mil. Att.2

From Commander of Naval Forces in European Waters.

To Chief of Naval Operations.

For Adjutant General, War. Dept.

487. Quote reference cablegram September fourth from Chief Naval Operations3 reporting departure MANCHURIA carrying two hundred fifty officers direct for London, I recommend that hereafter no vessels with troops aboard be sent except in convoy period Under no circumstances should troops be routed to London as British authorities deem it too dangerous in English Channel and they will land them at some intermediate point period Therefore all troops passing through England should be routed via Liverpool period Request number of officers on MANCHURIA designated for duty with British forces in England4 Signed Rothers Unquote 20207

Sims.         

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG45, Entry 517B. “Information Copy.” appears in the upper-left corner.

Footnote 1: Capt. Nathan C. Twining, Sims’ Chief of Staff.

Footnote 2: Comdr. John V. Babcock, an aide to Sims; and Lt. Col. Stephen L' H. Slocum, the United States Military Attaché at London.

Footnote 3: This document has not been found.

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