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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎60r] (119/174)

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The record is made up of 1 file (85 folios). It was created in 1 Jan 1949-31 Dec 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .

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SECRET,
No, 17 of 1949,
BAHRAIN INTEJLICENCE SUMMARY FOR PERIOD
16th to 30th September, 1949,
HO, MOYEI'/IENTS OF OFF ICIALS.
(i) His Excellency the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. left for
Muscat by K.M,S. ’’Flamingo" on the 22nd and returned in
m,v„ "Dumra" on the 27th,
(ii) The General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Middle
East Land Forces and Lady Crocker arrived by air from Ceylon
on the 29th, General Crocker called on the Shaikh the same
evening. On the 30th he visited the Bapco installation,
(iii) Major.F,C,L. Chauncy arrived from the United
Kingdom on the 24th and left for Muscat on the 26th to take
ovei charge as 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. ,
14 1» VISITORS ,
(i) Mr, Chauvin de Precourt, French Manager of Indo
china Bank, visited -Bahrain during the period under review
on his way to Kuwait,
Messrs, D.W,^ Torry and R,C, Adie of the Thermotank
Ltd,, Glasgow, visited Bahrain and decided to transfer their
firm's representative from Baghdad to Bahrain. The firm
specialises in air-conditioning and sees a promising market
in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. .
(iii) Shaikh Ha za bin Sultan bin Zayid, brother of
the Ruler of Abu Dhabx, arrived in Bahrain by air on the
22nd on his way to the Hejaz, During his stay he was the
guest of His Highness the Ruler, He left for A1 Khobar on
the 26th by special launch.
142. ROYALJMVY-
H.M.S. "Wren" (Commander G. Afflick-Graves, R,N.)
visited Doha on the 16th.
143. UNITED STATES INTERESTS.
(i) Major General Wallace, United States Marine Corps
Director of Marine Aviation, passed through Bahrain by air on
the 19th on a circular tour from the southern back to the
northern Mediterranean and stayed two days on the "Greenwich
Bay". ■
(ii) Captain Hensel (see paragraph 119) is now styled
Commander, Middle East Force, instead of Commander, Persian
Gulf Area Command. His area covers the Red Sea and the
Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. and extends to Ceylon. He proposes to visit
Bombay and Karachi. Captain Hensel is called Commodore
on board but states that the appointment is one for a se
nior captain.
(iii) U.S.S, "Valcour" arrived at Bahrain on the 30th
and is expected*to remain until the 7th of next month.
(iv) The American Consul-General at Dhahran has in
formed the Rulers of Bahrain and Qatar that his post was
raised to a Consulate-General from the 7th.

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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 1949. 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 contain information covering a wide range of subjects, including:

  • shipping;
  • visits of British and foreign notables;
  • economic and commercial matters;
  • local news and affairs, as well as that of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran, 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 Bahrain Petroleum Company, and the oil industry more generally;
  • American interests in the region;
  • local reaction to international events such as those in Palestine and Syria;
  • 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.
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1 file (85 folios)
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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 87; 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 1-87; 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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