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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎23r] (45/206)

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The record is made up of 1 file (100 folios). It was created in 1 Jan 1948-31 Dec 1948. 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .

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On the 17th Mr. Lermitte, accompanied by Captain Bird,
Mr. Wallings and Squadron Leader Lewis made an aerial
reconnaissance of Buraimi and Oman and landed to refuel
at Masirah. The party returned to Sharjah the same day.
On the 18th they again made a reconnaissance flight to
Buraimi and the Dhahira area and returned to Sharjah about
noon. The party left for Bahrain the same afternoon.
(iii) Reference paragraph 66 of Intelligence Summary
No.4.
The Geophysical Party have moved to Ruwais and are
now operating from Sharjah. A small camp has, however,
been set up at Faridah in Abu Dhabi territory, from where
a party work in Abu Dhabi and Dubai territories and as far
eastward to the mountains and Ramlat Araij as the Abu Dhabi
guards are willing to take them.
(iv) When the Geophysical Party were operating from
Ruwais, Mr. Schell, one of the geophysicists, met a Saudi
Party west of Ruwais between Jabal Baragh and Jabal Dhanna.
They asked Mr. Schell for a tin of kerosene which was
supplied to them. They told him that they had come to
collect Ibn Saud’s taxes from certain Murra tribesmen who
had escaped to Abu Dhabi territory. According to Mr.
Schell, they are well equipped with modern tents and one
of the party could speak a little English.
(v) Captain R.E.R*. Bird, formerly of the Indian
Political Service and now with Petroleum Developments
( Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. ) Limited, is working as Liaison Officer
for the Company with the tribes of the Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. hinter
land. He has recently been negotiating with the A1 bu
Shamis for the survey of their area by the Company. Their
Shaikh Muhammad bin Rahmah has reduced his charges for
permission to survey from rupees Indian silver coin also widely used in the Persian Gulf. one lakh One lakh is equal to one hundred thousand rupees to Rs.26,000/-
per year.
71. THE PERSIAN CLAIM .
Reference paragraph 35 (i) of Intelligence Summary
No.3.
Majid Al-Aradi who accompanied Abdullah Az Zairah
to Persia, has returned to Bahrain. He is under observation
by the Bahrain Government authorities.
72. A ID FOR PAL ES TINE .
(i) It is reported that His Highness Shaikh Salman
' has donated a sum of Rs.10,000/- to the Palestine Fund.
The fund which is under the patronage of Shaikh Abdullah bin
Isa, uncle of His Highness, has noW reached a total of
Rs.1,05,000/-. This has been converted into Iraqi Dinars
and sent to the Palestine Arab High Committee through His
Excellency Shukri A1 Quwatli, President of the Syrian Re.
public.
(ii) On the 21st Jamil Barakat, cousin of the ex-Mufti
of Jerusalem, Saiyid Jamal al Husaimi, and special envoy
of the

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The file contains fortnightly intelligence summaries produced by the Political Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. at Bahrain for the year 1948. 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 is numbered from 1 to 24 and covers a two week period.

The reports are divided into short sections that relate to a particular subject. Contained within the file is intelligence on the following:

  • shipping;
  • visits of British and foreign notables;
  • economic and commercial matters, including the pearling industry;
  • local news and affairs, as well as that of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran, Oman, and the Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. ;
  • the work of third parties in the region, such as the Bahrain Petroleum Company, Gray, Mackenzie and Co., and Petroleum Concessions Limited;
  • labour matters, especially strikes and unrest;
  • local reaction to international events such as the end of the British Mandate in Palestine and the death of Mohandas Gandhi;
  • the activities of the Royal Navy;
  • the supply of electricity, water and telecommunications;
  • aviation;
  • the work of the Middle East Anti-Locust Unit;
  • the traffic of slaves;
  • quarantine and medical matters;
  • weather and meteorological data.

The final page of the final report appears to be missing.

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1 file (100 folios)
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The file is arranged chronologically.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 103; 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. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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