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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)' [‎62r] (123/129)

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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Whitehall 9400
Extension 200.
The War Office, (la .0.4)
Whitehall,
S.W.l.
BM/16 93/l (1,10 4)
SECRET
ft.
1946
It has "been agreed between the various
Departments concerned that part of the assistance
which we wish to give to King Ihn Saud should take
the form of a Military Mission, which would he paid
for by KLG. The proposed organisation is attach'ed,
and is baled on the rather sketchy information we
have been able to extract from the Saudi Arabians.
They are not very clear what they want except that,
being strict Moslems, they v/ant a high proportion of
Sunni Moslem personnel in the Mission.
in this respect, about which I believe George Tangle
has already spoken to you. It means a commitment of
16 Indian Army officers and 25 IGR s. The head of
the Mission, GSQ I and the Qoiiimandant of the oTTice rs
s'cHooi would oe British. "
for King Ibn Saud and to‘meet his wishes in regard to
Sunni Moslems. Details in regard to rates of pay,
terms of service etc can be dealt with later, but v/e
would like to know whether the Commander-in-Chief
India would agree in principle to seconding Indian
Army officers for the purpose.
A further point also arises. We would want
to have a fair indication, before offering Ibn Saud
the mission, whether we are likely to be able to
supply Sunni Moslem officers for a reasonable tim e.-
In the light of impending constitutional changes in
India it occurs to me that we might in the near
future be confronted with a demand from the Indian
Government for the return of these officers and
other ranks. Gan you give me an indication on
this point ? 7e will, of course, if you think it
Naturally we must turn to you for assistance
We are most anxious to provide this mission
Colonel J.L. Garter, M.C.,
vVar Staff, 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. .
/ necessary ...

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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)' [‎62r] (123/129), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/2164, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100041970672.0x00007e> [accessed 10 December 2019]

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