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‘File 28/35 Defence of Qatar’ [‎58r] (115/150)

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The record is made up of 1 file (73 folios). It was created in 6 Feb 1939-20 Aug 1941. It was written in English and Arabic. 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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Reference Defence Officer's, Bahrain, No•DBF/ARMS/
QA.TAR/58 dated the 8th July 1941.
We would like to draw your attention to the position
regarding the six rifles issued to us. They were received
on the 11th June and taken to Qatar on the 12th June 1941.
When the Engineer-in-Charge inspected them at Qatar, four
of the six had broken extractor springs. Two of these four
were fitted with extractor springs by the Engineer-in-Charge,
and two returned to the Defence Officer for exchange. These
two were only two or three weeks in Qatar, and the pitting
and corrosion could not have occurred in Qatar. We believe
these rifles were stored in Bahrain for over a year.
Reference para three of the Defence Officer’s letter,
it would seem to us that it is highly probable that the
remaining four are in similar condition already, but we are
enquiring from the Engineer-in-Charge. We are also asking
the Engineer-in-Charge to take the necessary steps to ensure
that the rifles in future are kept clean and oiled.
Flannelette and oil are available.
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.
12th July, 1941
To H.B.M.’s 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.
Dear Sir
Yours faithfully,
For & on behalf of
Copy to: Defence Officer,
Engineer-in-charge, Qat«

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The file, while entitled ‘Defence of Qatar’, chiefly concerns the issue of six rifles and 1,200 rounds of small arms ammunition (SAA) to British personnel employed by Petroleum Concessions Limited (PCL) in Qatar during the war. The principal correspondents in the file are: 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. at Bahrain (Hugh Weightman; Major Reginald George Evelin William Alban) and the Manager of PCL at Bahrain (Ernest Vincent Packer).

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1 file (73 folios)

The file’s contents are arranged in approximate chronological order, from the earliest item at the front to the latest at the end. The file notes at the end of the file (ff 69-74) mirror the chronological arrangement.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1 and terminates at the back cover with 75; 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 also present in parallel between ff 1-74; 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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‘File 28/35 Defence of Qatar’ [‎58r] (115/150), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/728, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 17 November 2019]

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