'File 14/5 Visits of German Agents'

IOR/R/15/2/540

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The record is made up of 1 file (28 folios). It was created in 20 Jul 1937-2 Nov 1939. It was written in English and Arabic. 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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The file contains correspondence relating to the visits of suspected German agents to the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. region. The main correspondents include: Tom Hickinbotham (later Hugh Weightman), Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. at Bahrain; Trenchard Craven William Fowle (later Charles Geoffrey Prior), Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. at Bushire; Gerald Simpson de Gaury, Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. at Kuwait; the RAF Air Officer Commanding at Hinaidi, Iraq; and Shaikh Abdullah bin Qasim al Thani [‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī], Ruler of Qatar. Recipients include: the Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. at Muscat, the British Consulate at Basrah, the British Embassy at Bagdad [Baghdad], the 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. , the Government of India, the British Ministry at Tehran, the British Consulate at Kerman, the Senior Naval Officer in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. , the British Minister at Jedda, and the British Consulate and Vice-Consulate at Bandar Abbas and Khorramshahr, respectively.

The file covers the discussion over the visits of the following four suspected agents:

  • Auguste Rudolf Lindt, a Swiss journalist, and his British-born wife, who visited Kuwait, Bahrain, Muscat, and Kerman;
  • Baron Von Schirach, suspected of visiting Bahrain, though no trace of him is found;
  • Kurt Lori, a German electrical and wireless engineer who visited Kuwait and requests to visit Bahrain in search of work, which is denied;
  • Jack Wolters and his (unnamed) brother, believed to be in the Gulf region and to be arrested if found.

Included in the file is a letter (folio 25) in English and Arabic from Weightman to Shaikh ‘Abdullāh, dated 9 October 1939, requesting that he arrest Wolters and his brother should they try to enter Qatar. It is followed by ‘Abdullāh's compliant response (folio 26).

At the back of the file (folios 27-29) are internal office notes.

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1 file (28 folios)
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The file is arranged chronologically.

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Foliation: The main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover and terminates at the back cover; 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. Two additional foliation sequences are also present between ff 4-26 and ff 27-29 respectively; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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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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IOR/R/15/2/540
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Confidential Files: 14/5

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20 Jul 1937-2 Nov 1939 (CE, Gregorian)

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