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‘File 7/2 VI Landing grounds and seaplane anchorages’ [‎113r] (244/618)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (298 folios). It was created in 5 Aug 1937-30 Apr 1942. 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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Sharjah. 11th.January 1942
Dear Major,
As I think You know, since they say they met you in Bahrein,
General Panet and Group-Captain Harris,in charge of Military Aerodromes
ih the Gulf,arrived here yesterday.They came to my office and announced
that the Military authorities wish to base a General Reconnaisance
Squadron and aLight Bomber Squadron at Sharjah and Dubai respectively in
the very near future.Each of these squadrons would comprise about 500
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men.A new land aerodrome would have to be made at Dubai(on the shore of
the creek near the existing Airways hut),and quarters built of reed
for 1000 men in addition to houses for a workshop and a hospital.The
General and Group-Gaptain made various queries about materials obtainabl
locally,vater-supplies and the like.They are leaving for Bahrein to-day.
I suggested that they call on the Sheikhs but the General demurred to
this on the ground that it would take too much time.
2. I gathered from Group-Captain Harris that the appropriate Political
authority had not been apprised by the Military or Air Fferce authorities
of the imminent execution of this scheme;and I ventured to suggest to
him that the sooner this was done,the bettfer.He said that he would see
to that aspect of it.It is almost inevitable,as,of course,you are aware,
that because of the talking and listening abilities of the people here,
the Sheikhs will hear of the scheme before they can be approached by the
Political authorities.Perhaps therefore,you will think it advisable to
inform the Hon*ble the 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. of what is afoot.In any case
I think it better that you should know of it.It seems advisable that
the Sheikhs should be approached soon as possible^**} to invite their
co-operation and to settle the terms on vhich it is to be given.
Yours sincerely.
^ Major R.G.Alban,0.B.E.
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. .
Bahrein.

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The volume’s letters, telegrams and other papers relate to the installation, maintenance and extension of British air facilities along the Arab coast of the Gulf. The principle correspondents in the file are the 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. , the 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, the Political Officer on the Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. , and representatives of the Royal Air Force [RAF] and Imperial Airways (referred to after 1939 as the British Overseas Airways Corporation [BOAC]).

Correspondence in the first part of the volume (folios 1e-50) concerns a fire at the RAF petrol store at Doha in August 1937, resulting in serious burns to a number of men. Some of this correspondence also refers to an injury to Nasr bin Jassim [Nasr bin Jāsim Āl Thānī], brother of Shaikh ‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī, the ruler of Qatar, suffered while riding his horse during a parade prior to travelling to Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. to fight against the Bahraini forces. Agreement was reached between British Government officials and the Adviser to the Bahrain Government, Charles Belgrave, for Nasr bin Jāsim to travel to Bahrain for medical attention.

Most of the later correspondence in the volume is dated to the Second World War, and relates to the creation of new or improved RAF facilities in the Gulf in early 1942. These included extended facilities, capable of accommodating bomber squadrons, at Bahrain and Sharjah, and new facilities at Dubai (folio 131). Correspondence also records the arrangements made with the Bahrain hospital and American Missionary hospital in Bahrain, to accommodate RAF patients as required.

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1 volume (298 folios)
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The contents of the volume are arranged in approximate chronological order, from the earliest items at the front of the volume to the latest at the rear. There is a set of office notes at the end of the volume (folios 266-97) which mirror the chronological arrangement.

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Foliation: The volume is foliated from the front cover to the inside back cover, using pencil numbers in the top-right corner of each recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. . This foliation system has been adapted from an earlier pagination system. The following foliation anomalies occur: ff. 1a-1e, 34a, 34b, 84a, 85b, 139a, 139b, 193a, 193b. The following folios are missing, as a result of the volume’s original pagination system: ff. 106, 212, 231. The following folios are fold-outs: ff. 47, 48, 65, 93, 104, 138, 173, 174, 179, 211, 230, 268, 277, 278, 280, 282, 287.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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