'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summaries' [116r] (231/330)
The record is made up of 1 file (163 folios). It was created in 1 Jan 1943-31 Dec 1944. 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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ill for some tine with inflannation of tho guns which combine
v/ith chronic diabetes has had a serious effect on his genera"
health. He r/as net on arrival by Dr. Storm of the American
^Arabian Mission, and Dr. Maroof Nasr a dental specialist. Later
His Highness went in person to the end of the B.O.A.C. jetty o
welcome Shaikh Hamad. He was then conveyed to His Highness 1
house at Qadabiyah and a series of receptions commenced^ Though
they would no doubt have been pleasing to Shaikh Hamad in normal
circumstances these formalities must have been excessively trying
to one who was classed by the doctors as being "dangerously ill".
By the end of the period under review Shaikh Hamad’s health had
greatly improved and though his treatment must necessarily be
long and trying his recovery would appear to be certain. His
Highness Shaikh Sir Salman has been extremely self-satisfied
since Shaikh Hamad’s arrival and has been at pains to be embar
rassingly polite to all people from Qatar.
(vii) On the 29th Farid al Basrawi, Assistant to Shaikh Abdullah
al Fadhal the Saudi Arabian representative, left for Riyadh and
Jedda. Farid al Basrav/i has been appointed as assistant to
Izzat-ud-din Shawwa who it is understood has taken over certain
of the duties originally carried out by Najib Salah, Farid al
Basrawi was accompanied by Mr. F. J. Wakelin, Director of Edu
cation Bahrain, who has been invited by the Saudi Arabian Govern
ment to visit Riyadh on his way to Cairo for the summer recess.
(viii) Shaikh Abdullah al F’adhal arrived in Bahrain on the 30th
from Dammam. He informed 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. that Farid al
Basrawi has been relieved by Sami al Kutbi but that he, Shaikh
Abdullah al Fadhal, proposed to make Bahrain his headquarters
and leave Sami al Kutbi to deal v/ith the affairs on the mainland.
(ix) Reference paragraph No.31 of Intelligence Summary No.4 of
On the 30th Shaikh Hamad bin Said, the minor Shaikh of Kalba,
left for Sharjah en-route to Kalba on his first school holidays.
Shaikh Hamad s*ettled down very well at school and his first term
may be considered as a success. There is every reason to hope
that he will return at the end of the holidays and will continue
his studies in Bahrain.
(x) On the 26th Mr. E.G. Bradey and Mr. Nels Anderson of the
U.S. War Shipping Administration called on 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. .
These gentlemen were particularly interested in the welfare of
American sailors in ships arriving in Bahrain. The Political
Agent explained the position to then in detail and pointed out
that as there was only one more construction ship due Bahrain
was unlikely to interest then very much from the sailors' point •
of view as in future practically all the ships calling here v/ill
be tankers. It was suggested that they should transfer their
attention to Ras Tanurah.
(xi) On the 22nd Major Van Nostrund, Lieutenant Colonel Rutledge,
Chief Engineer, A..T.C., and Lieutenant Colonel Addington, 'Wing
Engineer U.S.A.T.C. from Casablanca accompanied by Major Cohen his
Assistant, visited Bahrain and inspected the U.S.A.T.C. buildings
which are being constructed by the Royal Air Force. The party°
left for Dhahran the same day and for Sharjah the following morning.
112. T he Berchtel McCone Parsons Corporation
On the 17th an incident occurred at the main gate of the
Bahrain Refinery. A B.M.P. employee endeavoured to enter the
Refinery precincts without his pass. He was prevented from
doing so by the sentries and as a result of a general misunder
standing he, his five comrades, the sentries, and the Special
Police guards appear to have become involved in a free fight.
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The file contains fortnightly intelligence summaries produced by the Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. at Bahrain for the years 1943-44. The reports, marked as secret, were sent to the Government of India, 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. , and numerous diplomatic, political, and military offices in the Middle East. Each report covers a two week period.
The reports are divided into short sections that relate to a particular subject, often closely connected to the Second World War. Contained within the file is intelligence on the following:
- international shipping and the activities of the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, and commercial transport companies such as Imperial Airways Limited;
- the movements of British and Foreign subjects, and Arab notables;
- local affairs of Bahrain, as well as regional news from Saudi Arabia, Qatar (particularly Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. ), Persia [Iran], and the Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. ;
- economic matters and food supplies;
- the activities of the oil companies;
- War funds;
- defence matters;
- smuggling of gold and arms and the traffic of slaves;
- American interests;
- meteorological information;
- medical matters.
Appended to most reports is a table containing shipping data.
Written by hand on the cover of the file is: 'Destroy, but retain '44 summaries'.
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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 165; 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. An additional foliation sequence is present in parallel between ff 2-73; 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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