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'File 8/39 A. S. L. O.'s [Air Staff Liaison Officer] Reports' [‎40r] (79/416)

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The record is made up of 1 file (206 folios). It was created in 6 Aug 1946-Jan 1949. 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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13* Ship ping: (period 16 Fob, - 15 Mar*)
53 Sliips (31 British, 13 ij.iorican, 6 Norwegian, 1 Danish,
1 Swedish, and 1 Panaiaanian) called at the port of Bahrain during the
period* Imports were 6570 tons of general cargo for Bahrain and 2148 tuns
for transhipment to the mainland. Exports consisted of 762 tons of general
car^o and 309>100 tons of petroleum products.
KUWAIT .
14. Visitors:
Princess Eugenie of Greece, and Mile. vTyrakoff arrived here by
road from Basrah on the 25th Peb. and returned to Iraq on the Morning of
the 27th Feb. They stayed at the Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. except for a night spent in the
desert 50 miles from Kuwait. They had left Basrah without notifying the
Political .-.gent by wire and the car bringing them had been immobilised try
two burst inner tubes. No other vehicle passed for 17 consecutive hours -
a most unusual occurrence. His Highness met them at dinner at the Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. on
25 th and presented the Princess with a radio-set. Next day they were
entertained to an Arab dinner by Sheikh Abdullah Mubarak.
15* Local News :
(i) The 26th Feb. anniversary of the accession of His Highness ms
celebrated on the 23rd Feb. which was observed as a public holiday. In the
morning His Hi hness received the felicitations of members of the British
and American communities and of his own subjects. He lunched with II.E. the
Commander-in-Chief on board K.M. 3. "Glasgow" and in the evening* an Ardha
was held in the town square which was witnessed amongst others, by Sir
Arthur and Lady palliaer 1 and Major and Mrs* Tandy* On the 24th the Kuwait
schoolboys staged a highly successful dramatic entertainment in His
Highness* honour consisting of several short plays and songs.
(ii) The Kuwait Education Department has purchased a small printing
press in partnership with a local merchant, and will possibly produce
a periodical,
(iii) On 14th October 1946, a man was found dead on the outskirts of
Kuwait town. The story was put about that he had died of alcoholic poi-
sonan, as a bottle of araq was said to have been found in his pocket.
As a result of representation of the Saudi Arabian Government however, the
Kuwait Government arrested Laid bin Khalid az Zaid - a member of the
consultative assembly - and Mohammed Habib Talton on 3rd March. It is
alleged that the man v/as murdered by these persons,
(iv) Reference para 20 - AeLO* s report for January,
It is understood that the Egyptian doctor has tendered his
resignation which has been accepted.
M U S C A T .
1 6 * Geological Survey :
Sir Cyril Fox, the Director of Geological Survey of India, returned
to India on 17th Feb. after surveying the Dhofar region. He had arrived on 6 th*
17# Sale of Axnin l tion :
Recently, and ^xab from Quryat arrived at Muscat with some samples of
ammunition he wanted to dispose of in Muscat and Mutrah. It was suspected
that this must be a portion of the ammunition recovered by the inhabitants of
Sur and Ras al Hadd, when the personnel of the Royal Air Force dumped it in
shallow waters near Ras al Hadd before their evacuation last year. Arrange
ments are being made through the Muscat State for the recovery of this

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The file contains the monthly intelligence reports of the Air Staff Liaison Officer in 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. , based in Bahrain, for the period July 1946 to January 1949. The reports were distributed to several military and political offices in 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. region, including the Bahrain Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. . Each report, marked secret, consists of several sections relating to geographic area, as follows: Bahrain 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. (including Saudi Arabia, Persia [Iran], and Qatar), Kuwait, and Muscat. Within each section is summarised intelligence on the following matters:

  • shipping and air traffic;
  • local news and tribal affairs;
  • trade and industry;
  • banking;
  • the supply of electricity, water, and postal and medical services;
  • the activities of the Royal Air Force (RAF) and Royal Navy;
  • the operations of oil companies and other private entities;
  • smuggling and slavery;
  • anti-locust operations;
  • weather and meteorological data.

Many reports also include a list of exchange rates and local prices.

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1 file (206 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 back cover with 208; 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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