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'Military Report and Route Book. The Arabian States of the Persian Gulf. 1939' [‎29r] (57/328)

The record is made up of 1 volume (157 folios and 7 maps in pocket). It was created in 1940. 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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exercises, demonstrations and an inspection of the Kuwait
force as well as giving instruction in the work of armecf
cars. A British Warrant Officer Instructor also visited
Kuwait for three weeks in order to give instruction in
weapon training.
These visits were extremely popular in Kuwait, the
forces showing a keen interest in everything. This aid
to their training is to be held as often as opportunity
occurs, and will undoubtedly increase their efficiency.
The Sheikh holds a private stock of .303 rifles and
about 250,000 rounds of S. A. A, in reserve.
5. Irregulars. —(a) Tribes owing allegiance to the
Sheikh. These are made up of those loose Bedouin
elements whose interests directly connect them with
Kuwait. In summer many of them join the pearling
fleets as divers. They can muster about 1,000 rifles of
various types.
(6) Town defence force.
Probably about 6,000 able-bodied men and boys of
Kuwait town, armed with a variety of rifles and guns.
Their duties are to man the town wall and their efficiency
would be low except in purely passive defence. The
town wall, when repaired, and if adequately manned,
would be a formidable obstacle to tribal raiders.
6. Auxiliary Force. —The number of British and
American personnel has increased with the development
of the Kuwait Oil Company. It is proposed to store 4
light automatics, 50 rifles and 10,000 rounds of S. A. A.
for issue in emergency. Instructions in the use of these
weapons is to be carried out during visits of British
'ill -

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This volume contains geographical information and maps about the Arabian States of 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. . It was produced by the General Staff, India, and printed by the Manager, Government of India Press, Simla, 1940.

The volume is divided into two sections: 'Military Report' including general descriptions of Kuwait, Bahrein, Hasa, Qatar, the Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. , Muscat and Oman (folios 6-127) and 'Routes' (folios 128-164) including maps of:

and sketches of:

  • Bahrein Oil Company's area and important places (f 163);
  • Sharjah and Dibai [Dubai] (f 158).
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1 volume (157 folios and 7 maps in pocket)
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There is a foliation sequence, which is circled in pencil, in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. of each folio. It begins on the front cover, on number 1, and ends on the last of several maps which are stored in a pocket at the back of the volume, on number 164.

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'Military Report and Route Book. The Arabian States of the Persian Gulf. 1939' [‎29r] (57/328), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C252, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 13 November 2019]

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