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'Summary of Papers Dealing with the Transfer of the Control of the Operations in Mesopotamia from the India Office to the War Office' [‎6v] (12/18)

The record is made up of 1 volume (9 folios). It was created in 1916. It was written in English. 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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With regard to section 8, *,ve mast retain the right to alter or even suppress
War Office communiques when necessary. It is seldom that a communique,
as issued in London, is suitable for the press in India.
It is presumed that the action defined in section 9 will be reciprocal as at
present.
We already see si^ns of more efficient co -operation and better support from
home, and the change is therefore welcomed by us.
Serial No. 4. Telegram P., dated loth (received 11th) February I9I6.
From—The Secretary of Stale for India.
To—His Excellency the Viceroy (Army Department).
Private. —Control of military operations, Mesopotamia. Your private
telegram of the 9th instant. {Serial No. 3). Please refer to my private tele
gram of February 3rd. {Serial No. /). To meet the points raised in yours
of the 9th I have agreed with Chief of the Imperial General Staff as follows ; —
Section 3. Omit recommendations as to higher appointments and insert new
section numbered 3a after 3 as follows :—
Begins. —The General Officer Commanding in Mesopotamia will make
recommendations for higher appointments to the Commander-in-Chief in India
and will repeat them to the Chief of the Imperial General Staff. The appoint
ments will be made by the Commander-in-Chief in India subject to the approval
of His Majesty's Government.
Higher appointments referred to are those down to Divisional Commanders
inclusive and also Senior General Staff Officer. Ends.
Note. —Object to secure that C. I. G. S. shall be consulted as to higher
appointments. Only in case of difference arising between him and Commander-
in-Chief in India would Government intervene.
Section 5 after " security of India" insert "or the political situation in
Persia or the Gulf ".
Sections 8 and 9 : your interpretation is accepted.
The new arrangements should be brought into force at or.ce.
Serial No. 5-
No. H.-1215, dated Delhi, the 16th February I9I6.
p rorn —The Secretary to the Government of India, Army Department.
To—The Chief of the General Staff.
I am directed to inform you that it has been decided by His Majesty's
Government that in future the operations in Mesopotamia shall be controlled by
the War Office through the Commander-in-Chief in India.
The following will be the procedure and it will be introduced at once t~-
(1) The Commander-in-Chief in India will receive instructions with regard
to military operations in Mesopotamia and Persia from the Chief
of the Imperial General Staff under the authority of the Secretary
of State for War in exactly the same manner as the Commanders-
in-Chief in other theatres. These instructions will be based on the
decisions of the War Committee.
(2) India will remain, as at present, the main base of the force in
Mesopotamia which will continue to be administered by the Com
mander-in-Chief in India, such requirements of the force as India
cannot meet being supplied by the War Office from other parts of
the Empire subject to the general policy at the time being decided
upon by the War Committee.

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This file is a printed report entitled 'Summary of Papers Dealing with the Transfer of the Control of the Operations in Mesopotamia from 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. to the War Office', printed by the Government of India Army Department (Simla: 1916). It consists of two sections: the first outlines the details for the transfer of control (folios 2-3), and the second contains related 'Correspondence' (folios 5-8), consisting of copies of eight numbered telegrams from between 4 February 1916 and 21 July 1916. The front cover contains the title of the volume and is marked 'Secret'.

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Foliation: The foliation sequence commences at the front cover, and terminates at the inside 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.

Pagination: The booklet also contains an original printed pagination sequence.

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