Coll 7/32 'Persian Gulf: supply of arms and ammunition to the Shaikh of Qatar' [44r] (87/167)
The record is made up of 1 file (82 folios). It was created in 9 May 1935-28 Aug 1939. 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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Please see P.Z. 1521/36 regarding the desire of the
Sheikh of Qatar to obtain 500 rifles, and War Office
letter of the 2 nd April, No.P.Z.2280/36 in which it
suggest<3.that the Sheikh might be offered some 1914
pattern rifles, such as those being sold to the Afghan
G-overnment, or some S.M.L.E. rifles (secondhand) of the
It appears from the papers now submitted that the
Sheikh has seen and does not like the S.M.L.E. rifle, but
prefers the German 1934 Mauser 7*9 m.m. He has not
apparently seen the 1914 pattern rifle, of which samples
are being sent to him.
The Air Officer Commanding is inclined to insist
that the rifles to be bought should be such as will take
standard .303 ammunition of British manufacture, and the
Resident proposes to inform the Sheikh that permission wil]
only be given for the import of a make which will take
Colonel Powle proposes to base his communication to
the Sheikh on the correspondence in connection with the
guarantee of protection given to him last year, and in
particular on ^the Resident’s letter of 11th May 1935 at
P.Z. 4129/35. (f,®) It is perhaps stretching that letter a
little iar to say that because the Sheikh must take "all
reasonable steps for your own defence ' 1 he must therefore
purchase British and not foreign rifles. On the other
ham Article 3 of the Qatar Treaty (flagged) only
undertakes that facilities will be given to the Sheikh to
purchase and import arms "from the Muscat Arms Warehouse or
such other place as the British Government may approve,"
and it would appear that H.M.G. are perfectly entitled to
lay down the source from which the Sheikh is to obtain his
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Correspondence regarding requests from the Shaikh of Qatar ('Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī) to import arms and ammunition, under the terms of his 1916 treaty with Britain.
The correspondence documents attempts to convince the Shaikh to purchase British-manufactured arms and ammunition, on the grounds that, should an emergency situation arise, the Government of India would be in a better position to fulfil Qatari demands for ammunition and spare parts. The correspondence also discusses British concerns that the Shaikh intended to sell the imported arms, that arming Qatar would lead to tensions with Ibn Sa'ūd, and that Germany could increase their commercial and political influence in the region if the Shaikh equipped his army with German munitions. The file also includes a small quantity of correspondence with BSA Guns Limited, regarding orders for arms and ammunition and applications for the requisite export licences.
The primary correspondents are 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, the Government of India Foreign and Political Department, 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. 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. , 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, and the Air Officer Commanding British Forces in Iraq.
The file includes a divider which gives a list of correspondence references contained in the file by year. This is placed at the end of the correspondence (folio 2).
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The papers are arranged in rough chronological order from the rear to the front of the file.
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Foliation: the foliation sequence for this description commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 83; 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 external leather cover wraps around the documents; the inside front cover has been foliated as f 1.
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