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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)' [‎32r] (63/129)

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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of the Geneml itaff and Major HUr|tc AJt toJal?^7o^0Oor!SP|
ations with the r lr ! hboup and wl^' eer: ; ior sTirf ofTlcorn of the
;cU rahlan i unleret nd thrxt General Oliver will be
reporting fully to the nr Office on these discussions and I
th refMi# as lU net M%ten %. In .tve a IHeilei bmmmM -o Nhn
The^eere eonductei in aa etr sphere of exceptional cordiality*
whiter wan eetnbl oh.od fror: the ti e of otir arrival i t n v If, when
the Chief of the General Gtaff and I paid a brief courtesy call
on the Amir Mnnscur*
6# ,. : e returned to l ie Royal Fi^inese in the afternoon, necom-
pai ied by M .jor Hunter, for a more fonaal dionufssion of the pro
posal to send a militaiy mlsai n to this country# The Amir
Mansour expreeeed the gratitude of hie goremiBcnt to His M jesty*s
Gov rnn nt for t .-ir decision to Bend this mission and Us con-
pi te agr^eement with the g aeral f e outline of the manner in
which training sho ild be con tacted# To our pleesaro md sur-
. e# 1 . r ’U Hig neee hizaself expreseed the view that this
country lid not need a largo et-uiliiig ai*ry (far in the desert
each male child is conversant with the use of a rifle, and a
ra n easily b c.^s a soldier in tlue of emergency) »ut said
that he wanted to see a email, hard core o * thorou lily well-
trained troops arc hi eh ad Litl nal formations would b# bnllt
when ncecBivi its final siw uli depend upon the si zv of
the armies of neighbouring territories* The Chief of the General
Staff stated th t hie proposals were ealcul ted precisely to form
that hard core of trained and specialist troops. The 'irdr Man-
sour rc-affirmed he undertaking of the Saudi \rsbian Government
to provide suitable ac ommodati n for the mieslv and agreed
that this and other sdirdnistrative gneetions mi, ht be di sou need
further with senior staff officers the following day# Ho said
h© would like to ©ee the mission begin work as t»r> n ae poerlble
and that imiediately after the Courban Bnlrum (Govern er 4th to
7th) would be a suitible time for the arrival of the head of
the mission# He agreed with General Oliver that the remainder
of the mission could wait until all details had been arranged
between the head and the Saudi Arabian authorities; they could
then begin training im edintoiy upon rrival#
7# After breakfast on September 10th f a group of senior
8audi Arab!r\n officers and the Private Secretary of the \mir
M nsour waited upon the Chief of the G neral ; t iff at tli© charm
ing J >bra tiloce, where we had been accom ©dated* In the course
of a long talk a fair amount of information was obtained regard
ing the strength, distribution and organisation of the Saudi
array, and of the terns of servi e of officers and mm, all of
tthich should bo of Value to the training misai n# It »as said
that two hou os wore iniraeliatoly avuilable or the mission and
others would be prepared if n< cessary.
8# In the courec of their conwrestlea on September 9th, the
Chief of the General staff naked the Amir Man soar whether he
might ooe something of the men and equipment of tlie Saudi Arab
ian Army, in order to get on idea of tiie material tic miaaicn
• 1 be handling# His ' x - ^ ■ otah
posed to escort General Oliver personally round the burmcka
on the following afternoon# We then arrived to find the Amir
Manaour ireesed in a splendid gabardine uniform of Buropeen cut,
on willch he ©ported the badges of rank of a full G ncral, dartc
groan silk headeloth. and gleaming gold fillet; our sur prise was
even grater when, on rrrlval at the parade ground, we found
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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)

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)' [‎32r] (63/129), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/2164, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 22 November 2019]

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