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File 3443/1914 Pt 2 'German War: German emissaries to Afghanistan' [‎6v] (19/490)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (238 folios). It was created in 1 Jun 1915-21 Nov 1915. It was written in English and French. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.


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I am assured that no
By a friend in whom I can place implicit reliance
outrageous demand will be made.
Germans are making most lavish promises of arms (and?) officers
form an army and cash amounting to three million pounds.
Russian Minister and I have intimated our readiness to ®terinto conversa
tions so as to be able to submit to our Governments definite proposa s.
I earnestly hope that Persian Government’s proposals may be ^vourably
considered in view of immense importance, from an Indian p ’
keeuiriEr Persia on our side.
An early decision is urgently necessary.
Sent to Sir P. Cox, Petrograd, and India and addressed to the Foreign
Office, London.
Telegram P., No. 150, dated (and received) the 20th November 1915.
From— His Britannic Majesty's Minister, Tehran,
fp 0 Th e Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Delhi.
Your telegram No. 61-D.S (Shiraz ?) news. As yet I have taken no steps
with Persian Government as I have not requisite information as to the situation
at Shiraz to know how they can deal with it. Government here would be
powerless, if report of Kawam’s assassination and of Soulet’s defection proved
correct. Any attempt to put pressure on them would make situation here,
which is difficult, worse than it is now.
Turkish Ambassador is at Shah Abdul Azim, German Minister is at Kum,
Austrian Minister is at Kerizek. An attempt to seize any of them by means
of Russian troops would be signal for Shah’s departure. This would mean
virtual rupture of relations with the two Powers.
Telegram P., No. 268, dated (and received) the 21st November 1915.
From—His Britannic Majesty's Consul, Kerman,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Delhi.
There is nothing to report to-day.
Telegram P., No. 12-F., dated (and received) the 21st November 1915.
From—His Britannic Majesty's Consul at Meshed? Robat,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Delhi.
Please refer to my telegram No. 11-F. On the 18th November I arrested
three Austrian prisoners who were trying to make their way into Meshed. They
had escaped from Skobeleff. I have handed them over to Russian Consul-
General. They were unfortunately men of no importance.

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The volume contains correspondence regarding the Persian Campaign of the First World War and the movements and activities of the Central Powers in Persia [Iran] between June and November 1915. The correspondence is particularly concerned with German and Ottoman attempts to infiltrate Afghanistan from Persia, and of ensuring the continued neutrality of both Afghanistan and Persia.

The primary correspondents are the British Legation, Tehran; the British Embassy, Petrograd [Saint Petersburg]; the Government of India; and the Foreign Office.

The volume contains a single folio in French (f 184), a communication from the Russian Ambassador in London.

The volume includes a divider which gives the subject number, the year the subject file was opened, the subject heading, and a list of correspondence references by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence.

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1 volume (238 folios)

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the volume.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the first folio with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 238; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio.

A previous foliation sequence between ff 121-127, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

The foliation sequence does not include the front and back covers.

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English and French in Latin script
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