Coll 7/32 'Persian Gulf: supply of arms and ammunition to the Shaikh of Qatar' [60v] (120/167)
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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Pattern 1914- rifles
£ 2 . 17.6 ) plus cost
) of packing
3 . 0.0 ) and freight.
The Soley Armament Co. Ltd., also state that a
consignment of the latter rifles (which it is anticipated may
be preferred) is already on its way to Bahrain, addressed to
Mr. C. Dalrymple Belgrave (described as Adviser to the Bahrain
Government) by whom they were purchased for Police purposes.
It is suggested that it could be arranged with Mr. Dalrymple
Belgrave, by telegram-, to allow one of these rifles to be shown
to the Sheikh of Qatar as a sample of the S.M.L.E* s offered
above. If a sample of the pattern 1914- rifle is also required
arrangements-could be made for its early despatch from this
, As soon as information is received that the above
offer is satisfactory the bulk quantity could be despat died by
the Soley Armament Co ., 1 immediately on receipt of the purchase
money, or of an assurance that the money would be forthcoming
shortly. - * •
The necessity for the above terms of payment will
doubtless be readily understood and the Army Council desire me
to*express the hope that this method of arranging the desired
transaction will in all the circumstances prove acceptable to
the Government*of India. <
Your obedient Servant,
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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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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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