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

BATTLE CRUISER RAID

CABLEGRAM RECEIVED   September 26 <25> 1918. Y-6

Origin  Opnav Washington                      Ser. NO. 2109

O-1  September 26

42 ARD                S E C R E T

Simsadus

2109. Beginning with group 681 new plan for guarding against raiders as approved by Admiralty operative.2 Previous groups operating under original plans.314025, 2109

Benson.

Time Sent: 10:05 p.m. Sept 25

Time Recd.  1:00 a.m. Sept 26

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. The handwritten date is confirmed by the time/date notation at the end of the text. Document identifier in top right-hand corner in columnar fashion: “1/3/C/J/O.”

Footnote 1: Group 68, a convoy of troop ships, was to leave the United States on 25 September. See: Office of the Chief of Naval Operations to Sims, 9 September 1918.

Footnote 3: For the “original plans,” see: Benson to Sims, 30 July 1918.

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