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File 3516/1914 Pt 9 'German War: Persia' [‎129r] (262/618)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (305 folios). It was created in 11 Aug 1915-17 Dec 1915. 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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Telegram, No. 1617 W., dated the 8th September 1915.
From—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political
Department, Simla,
To— Major A. P. Trevor, C.I.E., Officer on Special Duty 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. ,
Bushire.
. Your telegram, August 29th, 506 C. Comptroller, India Treasuries, is
issuing orders.
121
No. 1588, dated Bushire, the 81st August (received 6th September) 1915.
From— Major A. P. Trevor, C.I.E., Officer on Special Duty (in the absence of the
Resident),
To—The Foreign Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and
Political Department, Simla.
I have the honour to forward, for the information of the Government of
No. 26-1514, dated 22nd Angu.t 1915. “P? of the marginally-noted letter
which I have addressed His Majesty’s
Minister, Tehran, on the subject of German intrigues.
Enclosure.
No. 26—1514. Bushire;
Sir, 22nd August 1915.
I have the honour to forward, for your information and for any purpose
in which you may think fit to use them, two letters in original from Saiyid
Amanullah, Deputy in the Majlis for Behbehan, to the Postmaster at Behbehan.
Translations of the above are enclosed, and also of a letter from a certain
Muhammad Reza Dirisi, a notorious Anglophobe of Bushire, who recently
fied from Bushire to Tangistan and joined Wassmuss, whom he now serves as
the so-called Bushire correspondent of the “ Jam-i-Jam ”.
These letters tend to show that the Germans are embarking on a fresh
branch of their campaign, and trying to incite the Kuhgilu tribes to attack
the friendly Khans of the maritime plain between Bundar Dilam and Bushire,
and thus further to complicate the position at Bushire.
Haji Saiyid Agha, Muin-ut-Tujjar, is the Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. news-writer at
Behbehan on a very modest salary. I propose to place some funds at his
disposal for use when necessary. He has more than once recently complained
of the present Postmaster at Behbehan, and I should be glad if you could do
something to procure the replacement of this pro-German official.
As regards the various branches of the Kuhgilu, the Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. have
rendered some service to the ruling Khan of the “ garmsir ” Boir Ahmadis,
and Mr. Chick will do what is possible in correspondence with him and two
other Boir Ahmadi Chiefs of other clans, who have been in the habit of
writing to him : similarly with Asad Khan of the Bawi, who has also written
to us in the past.
The success of German intrigues at Behbehan would however largely
depend on the attitude of the Bakhtiari Government there, which since the
hurried departure from Ram Hormuz of Sardar Jang for Ispahan over two

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Content

The volume concerns the situation in Persia during the First World War. The main focus is the British occupation of Bushire.

The volume covers:

  • Instructions regarding Bakhtiari.
  • Movements of Wassmuss and German agents in Persia.
  • Situation in Bushire, at Isfahan, at Urumia [Urmia, Iran], and at Tehran.
  • Attitude of Persian Prime Minister.
  • Arrival of Russian troops at Enzeli [Bandar-e Anzali, Iran].
  • Murder of British Vice-Consul at Shiraz.
  • Attacks on British Consuls at Isfahan and Kangavar, and on Consulate officials at Shiraz.
  • Situation at Anglo-Persian Oil Company oilfields.
  • Activities of German Vice-Consul at Sultanabad.
  • German activity at Kermanshah.
  • German sending gold to Persia, to outbid Anglo-Russian financial assistance.
  • Extract of Imperial Bank of Persia's report on German occupation of Kermanshah.

The volume’s principal correspondents are: Charles Marling, British Minister at Tehran; British Consuls at Meshed, Sistan and Kain, Kerman, Isfahan, Khorasan, Kermanshah; Arthur Prescott Trevor, Officer on Special Duty 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. ; Percy Cox, 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 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. ; John Nixon, General Officer Commanding, India Expeditionary Force 'D', Basrah; Charles Hardinge, Viceroy of India; Alfred Hamilton Grant, Foreign Secretary to the Government of India; Austen Chamberlain, Secretary of State for India; George Buchanan, British Ambassador in Russia; Imperial Bank of Persia; Shaikh Hussein of Chahkutah and Rais Ali of Dilwar [Rais Ali Delvari].

Extent and format
1 volume (305 folios)
Arrangement

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the volume.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 307; 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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