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File 3516/1914 Pt 9 'German War: Persia' [‎138v] (281/618)

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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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proposed to let goods go forward ? Policy of Government in this matter would
seem to hinge on whether stoppage of inland traffic from Bushire is likely to
exercise such pressure on Government of Persia and on tribes in Hinterland
hostile to us as would be commensurate with customs and municipal loss at
Bushire and general atrophy of Indian trade which must result.
Repeated to His Britannic Majesty’s Minister, Tehran, and Officer on
Special Duty, Bushire.
89
Telegram R., No. 498 C., dated the 5d7th (received 28tli) August 1915.
From— 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,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Simla.
Shiraz telegram No. 293, August 26th:— Begins. Reference Bushire
telegram No. 490 C.
I venture to submit my views on general situation for consideration.
Condition of affairs at and near Borasjun is obviously intolerable and its
continuance threatens to involve Xashgai and other tribes from further (?)
inland. Immediate punishment of expedition would undoubtedly he most
satisfactory method of dealing with situation, but as pointed out by Your
Excellency in your telegram No. 105 to Government of India aggressive
action on our part at this moment would almost certainly set whole of
Southern Persia in a blaze and would certainly render position of British
subjects (in) Shiraz and perhaps at Ispahan very precarious.
As regards Shiraz, I am of opinion that, could present Governor-General
be recalled and Kawam appointed, it would be possible for him to keep Ears
quiet whilst we dealt with hostile Khans as seemed best to us and I think in
this case few if any Kashgai would join in confederacy. I venture, therefore,
to submit opinion that for the present our policy should be confined to
encouraging friendship of Khans with all possible moral and material help
and by arranging with Sheikh of Mohammerah to despatch force to be ready
to support Ismail Khan* when required. And that as soon as situation in Ears
has assumed more satisfactory complexion we should ourselves organize such
punitive measures as seem necessary. Addressed Tehran; repeated to Bushire.
Bnas.
90
Telegram It., No. 1730 B., dated (and received) the 28th August 1915.
From—The Hon'ble Lieutenant-Colonel Sir P. Z. Cox, K.C.I.E. C.S I. Poli
tical Resident 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. , Basrah,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Simla. r
His Britannic Majesty’s Consul at Shiraz telegraphs as follows No. 294
24th instant:—Please refer to my telegram No. 272.
Bohnstorff has passed through Easa and is travelling south-east What
Ins ultimate destination is uncertain. It seems probable that he contemplates
touring m Lanstan district. Anti-British pamphlets are being distributed by
him and on his way he is otherwise carrying on his propaganda. *
Addressed Tehran ; repeated to Kerman and Bushire.
91
Telegran R., No. 503 C., dated (and received) the 28th August 1915.
From— 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, 1
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Simla. • r
My telegram No. 490 0.
All English letters in down post just in were seized at Borasum by
Wassmuss agent rather to Khans’ annoyance. Telegrams from Mukhbir

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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].

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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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