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'Military Report and Route Book. The Arabian States of the Persian Gulf. 1939' [‎47r] (93/328)

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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The Armed Forces.
1. General. —In the event of any major attack nn
Bahrein by sea or land, reinforcements would have to be
sent. The accepted policy is that the local defence forces
available at Bahrein must be capable of dealing with
tribal attacks and internal security with their own resources.
The former is not a very likely eventuality, and the latter
would probably take the form of labour troubles, parti
cularly among the Oil Company's employees, and
attempts to carry out sabotage in the oil fields and at vital
The Bahrein defence forces are, therefore, now
(October, 1939) in a process of organization to enable
them to deal with anything but a major emergency.
Although to date no appointment has been made, it has
id s; been accepted that a Regular Army Adjutant and an
X. C. 0. Permanent Staff Instructor should be appointed
to the Force. Both also being available for instruction
duties at other stations in the Gulf.
2. The Sheikh's Forces. —The Bahrein Police Force
consists of 350 Native Police, including about 50 recruits,
armed with British Service Rities. The Force is under the
command of the British Adviser to the Sheikh. The
arrival in 1939 of a British Assistant to the Adviser allows
more time to be given to the organization and training
of the Force.
The Force includes a Camel Section and a Mounted
Section (mounted on Arab ponies), both of 18 men.
During 1939, 12 V. B. guns were sent to Bahrein, and
■an N., C. 0. instructor in these guns visited the island.
Approximately 500 rifles and 2 Verey pistols are held
on charge. In January, 1939, the reserve of ammunition
was 400,000, but this is being increased to 1,000 ,000
There is one Native Officer, a local Sheikh who com
pleted a Police course in India. It is desirable that there
should be an increase of officers, but there is difficulty in
providing personnel since outside trained personnel are

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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' [‎47r] (93/328), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C252, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 7 April 2020]

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