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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)' [‎50r] (99/129)

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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Military Mission to Saudi Arabia
1. The War 0 fice informed us (flag C) that a Military Mission is
to be formed as part of the assistance which H.M.G. wishes to give
to King Ibn Saud.
2. This Mission will be paid for by H.M.G., and War Office
proposed that the Staff should consist of
(a) British Army personnel - 3 Officers and 1 B.O.R.
(b) Indian Army personnel - 16 Officers and 25 I.O.Rs.
The War Office is anxious to meet King Ibn Saud* s request for
there to be a high proportion of Sunni Moslem personnel on the Staff
of the Mission..
3. This proposal was referred demi-officially (flag D) to G.H.Q.(l)
who replied (flag K) to the effect that if an official application
was received for the provision of this staff it would be necessary
to advise the Government of India to turn it down in view of the
extreme shortage of officers. In regard to the Sunni Moslem personnel,
it was stated that it was contrary to your policy to select individual
officers by religious sects.
4. The War Office was accordingly informed of G.H.Q.(l)*s views,
and was asked if the matter should be dropped.
5» It appears, however, that the War Office attaches great importance
to this Mission, and to the provision of the required personnel.
In a further D.O. (flag A) they have asked us to take up the
matter officially suggesting thatj-
(a) the Indian Governnent might like to be represented on the
Mission owing to the value of Middle East oil to India, and
the fact that the importance of Saudi Arabia will increase
in consequence.
(b) The Mission would derive value from having Sunni Moslem
Officers as the latter, besides being "persona grata” with
the Saudi Arabians, would be able to visit Holy Places such
as Mecca to do business with the Minister of Defence should
he be detained there.

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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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