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Coll 7/32 'Persian Gulf: supply of arms and ammunition to the Shaikh of Qatar' [‎60r] (119/167)

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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Tel. No.—Whitehall 9400.
Any further communication on this
subject should be addressed to :—
The Under-Secretary of State,
The War Office,
London, S.W.l.
and the following number quoted.
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9 (D.C.4.)
2nd. April 1936.
Sir,
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I am commanded by the Army Council to refer to your
letter of the 9th ultimo No .P. Z♦ 1^23/ 36_» regarding a proposed
sale of rifles to the Sheikh Qatar, and also to the copy of
telegram from the Political Pvesident 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. ,
transmitted on the same date under reference P.Z./l73o/l936•
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It is observed that in the letter, which was apparently
despatc hed before the copy telegram, it is suggested that the
sale should be arranged by His Majesty^ Govex-nment and that
pattern 1914- rifles should be offered, but that in the second
document the point is made that it is essential that the rifles
supplied should be capable of repair by the R.A.F.
I am to say that although large stocks of 1914 pattern
rifles are in the possession of this Department, the sole selling
rights to foreign countries are at present vested in B.S.A. (Guns)
Ltd., of Birmingham, and their representatives, the Soley
Armament Co. of 8 Park Village East, London, N.W.1. Arrangements
have accordingly been made with the latter Company to forwai^d an
offer of these Rifles for communication to the Sheikh of Qatar,
and in view of the fact that these rifles are not now in use in
the Army and that their repair would present some difficulty
because stocks of the requisite spare parts are not maintained
in Iraq the So3.ey Armament Co. were requested to offer also
second-hand S.M.L.E. rifles, of which the Company holds a stock.
This offer has, it is understood, been addressed to
Lieutenant Colonel Gordon Loch, C.I.E., 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. , Bahrain,
and the prices quoted are, for
Patterry
The Under Secretary of State for India

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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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1 file (82 folios)
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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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