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Coll 7/37 'Afghanistan: sale of 25,000 1914 pattern rifles from War Office stocks and 7 million rounds of ammunition from Government of India stocks; negotiations with Afghan Government' [‎587r] (1176/1201)

The record is made up of 1 file (598 folios). It was created in 13 Jul 1935-28 Mar 1941. 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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P.Z.5478/35
SECRET.
Cypher Telegram addressed hy Secretary of State
for Eoreign Affairs to H.M.Minister, Kabul, No. 75,
repeated to Government of India, Foreign and Political
Department, dated 23rd August, 1935.
(422 words) XXX
Katodon, No. 77 of 31st July.
2. Statement in Small Arms Book referred to in
Government of India’s telegram of 29th July No. 1896 is
misleading. 1914 pattern rifle was originally designed
to take a cartridge with a bullet of .276 calibre. When
however it was decided to substitute the .303 cartridge
it became necessary to put a lining into the magazine in
order that it might take the smaller cartridges. The
only result of the alteration is that if the bolt is used
in a slovenly manner a round occasionally sticks.
3« Please inform the Afghan Government in this sense.
You may also say as regards guarantee of reliability that
War Office regard these rifles as so satisfactory that
they were considering a short tim© ago substituting them
for the Short Lee Enfield Rifles now used in the Regular
Army. Proposal was however turned down for other
reasons. It may therefore be said that H.M.G. consider
rifles to be reliable. As an additional safeguard the
War Office recommends that each rifle should be given an
individual inspection and also a firing test for accuracy
of sighting. The additional cost of these tests would
be 5s/6d. for each rifle, bayonet and scabbard of which
2s/6d. would be due for the firing test. In this
connection statement of Afghan Prime Minister in Katodon
No. 77 para. 3 about similar pattern rifles presumably
refers to sale of some thousands of 1914 pattern rifles
through/

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This file is a continuation of Collection 7/36, reference IOR/L/PS/12/2203.It contains correspondence between the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, the Secretary of State for India, HM Minister at Kabul, the War Office, the Government of India Foreign and Political (later External Affairs) Department, and 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. Political Department.

Much of the early correspondence duplicates that found in IOR/L/PS/12/2203, and concerns the Afghan Government's request for an additional 25,000 rifles plus ammunition, debates over the division of liability between British and Indian revenues, and discussion of possible payment options.

The rest of the correspondence concerns arrangements for shipping the arms and ammunition, and is accompanied by delivery invoices and reports on the quality inspections conducted prior to shipping. Details of the procedures, including examples of examiners' marks, and a sketch of the packing crates used, can be found at folios 262, and 234-238.

Prior to sale, the War Office had undertaken to perform firing tests on all the rifles for an additional charge. These tests were not conducted, and the file contains correspondence between 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 the War Office, discussing the best options for presenting this fact to the Afghan Government, options for conducting the tests or reducing the price of the order, and the potential damage that would be caused to Britain's reputation, and Anglo-Afghan relations.

The correspondence also concerns complaints by the Afghan Government that a number of rifles were damaged in transit or badly corroded. It documents the disagreement between the War Office, 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 the Government of India over the provision of replacement rifles and parts, and contains details of the eventual arrangements and final agreement with the Afghan Government (found at folios 117-122).

The file includes dividers which give lists of correspondence references contained in the file by year. These are found at the end of the correspondence (folios 2-3).

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1 file (598 folios)
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The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the file.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 599; 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.

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Coll 7/37 'Afghanistan: sale of 25,000 1914 pattern rifles from War Office stocks and 7 million rounds of ammunition from Government of India stocks; negotiations with Afghan Government' [‎587r] (1176/1201), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/2204, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100036310622.0x0000b0> [accessed 26 February 2020]

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