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Coll 6/91(2) 'Saudi Arabia: Policy of H.M.G. Assistance to King Ibn Saud (British Military Mission to Saudi Arabia)' [‎28r] (55/129)

The record is made up of 1 file (63 folios). It was created in Feb 1946-14 Mar 1947. 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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From:
Liajor-General C.S. Sugden, GB, GBE. t
RSSTRICTEI)
0179/256/IvlQ 4
Room 225,
The War OfTice,
Whitehall,
S.W. 1.
1st October, 1946.
Please refer to correspondence
ending witji Calthorpe's letter Wi/lQ95/lAiD 4
of 19th August to Lev/is, on the subject of
including Sunni Moslems in the British
Military Mission to Saudi Arabia.
I have not previously pressed this
matter strongly, but we have now, as a result
of a visit by CGS HELP to Saudi Arabia to
discuss details, received a very strong
recommendation from General Dempsey himself
that a small portion of the Mission should
be composed of Sunni Moslems. I must,
therefore, ask you to reconsider the matter.
General Dempsey recommends that they
should comprise
(a) at least one instructor (Major or Captain)
(b) three assistant instructors (Sergeants)
(c) a Medical Officer
(d) batmen for the officers above.
I see from Lewis' letter of 16th July
that, after being unofficially approached, CGS
India held out little hope of Indian participation
in this Mission. I njustv-say that I find it
a little difficult- to appreciate the troubles
which are foreseen over the request that the
officers provided should be Sunni Moslems. This
can hardly be called racial discrimination.
/I should be
General Sir A.G.O. Mosley. LEyne,KGB* .GBE.DSO.,
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. .

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This file concerns arrangements for a military mission to Saudi Arabia, financed by the British Government. The file consists of correspondence between War Office, Foreign 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 Government of India officials regarding the War Office's proposal for a proportion of Sunni Moslem [Muslim] officers to be recruited for the mission from the Indian Army, in accordance with the Saudi Government's reported preference for a Sunni Moslem presence among the mission's officers. Other notable correspondents include the Viceroy of India (Archibald Percival Wavell) and the Secretary of State for India (Frederick William Pethick-Lawrence).

The file includes a divider which gives a list of correspondence references contained in the file by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence (folio 2).

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1 file (63 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 (used for referencing) commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 64; 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 6/91(2) 'Saudi Arabia: Policy of H.M.G. Assistance to King Ibn Saud (British Military Mission to Saudi Arabia)' [‎28r] (55/129), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/2164, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100041970672.0x00003a> [accessed 22 November 2019]

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