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Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Bureau of Ordnance

Subject Copy.                                 File No. <27-5-5>

Cablegram Sent 18 <September 17, 1918.> Y-3

To Opnav, Washington (Buord).                  Serial No. 4994

Prep. by M-4 & P-1                    SX D.R.

45 ARD        


4994. My 4879.1 After further consideration of entire situation I consider that we would be warranted in assuming certain risks in still further reducing our reserve supply of major caliber guns in order to assist Army to maximum possible extent. I there recommend a reserve supply of two guns for each battleship in European waters and that any surplus of guns be made available for Army. 184517 4994


Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. The handwritten date is confirmed by the time/date notation following the text.

Footnote 1: See: Sims to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, 16 September 1918. For background on the matter, see: Office of the Chief of Naval Operations to Sims, 12 September 1918.

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