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File 3516/1914 Pt 14 'German War: Persia; general situation' [‎179v] (363/532)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (261 folios). It was created in 8 Aug 1915-30 Nov 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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Motor cars could hardly reach Afghanistan though they might with
difficulty get as far east perhaps as Birjand. Germans only contemplate using
them I think, on the Lut for instance between Ravar and Naiband or Neb
which journey could be accomplished in a day. Thus in a very short time
they would deposit considerable numbers of men east of desert. Importance
of holding in force whole eastern fringe of Lut from Lehaneh Bagheh to
Tabas seems to be accentuated by news in question.
19
Telegram P., No. 110 K., dated (and received) the 2nd October 1915.
]p rom The Hon'ble the Chief Commissioner and Agent to the Governor-General in
the North-West Frontier Province,
To The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Simla.
A Peshawar mistri employed in Amir’s powder factory who left Kabul
on Tuesday last arrived at (Peshawar ?) to-day. He is exceptionally intelli
gent man. He reports that a party of Germans, Austrians, Persians and
Turks, all of whom were armed, arrived at Kabul about 10 days ago with
one field gun drawn by 10 horses. Twenty of the party wore European
clothes, the remaining 200 Turks, Pathans and Persians were dressed in
oriental garb. Pour out of the 20 dressed in European clothes are leaders.
Party was, on arrival at Kabul, accommodated at Babar Bagh where
officials sent from Paghman made arrangements for them. *The party was at
once joined at Babar by Sardars Inayatulla Khan and Nasrulla Khan who
came from Paghman and they have remained with them ever since. The
four leaders have not moved out of a house in Babar Bagh where they have
most of the time been closeted with Inayatulla and have also frequently been
visited by Nasrulla Khan. Correspondence passes between Sardars and the
Amir, who is at Ozai Kas, five miles beyond Paghman. The 20 in European
dress do not leave Babar Bagh but the native members of the party go about
the country freely and talk. The latter say four leaders are high German
Austrian and Turkish officials with letters from their sovereigns demanding
alliance or at least free passage for an Army % Those who came before and
who are still interned in Heh Afghanan, are in no way connected with this
party.
20
Telegram P., No. 96 C., dated (and received) the 3rd October 1915.
From—-His Britannic Majesty's Consul-General and Agent to the Government of
India in Khorasan, Meshed,
To The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Simla.
I regret to report that 3 sowars of escort who were on their way back from
Kain v ere attacked by 29 robbers on September 29th. There were no casual
ties among the sowars, but one of the dakoits was killed and two were
wounded, unfortunately however robbers succeeded in carrying off
1 , 0 JO lounds of ammunition, a Government rifle, two escort horses and
t e baggage, with the exception of tents. Under my orders Captain
Ihorburu was returning in advance of party to Meshed. Though I
am doing what I can with the Governor-General in the matter 1 am not
gangume of success.
Repeated to His
Jlirjand,
Britannic Majesty’s Minister at Tehran, No. 82, aiid to

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

The volume covers:

  • Attack on British Consulate at Ispahan, which resulted in the wounding of the Consul and the death of one of the Sowars employed as escorts at the Consulate.
  • German activity in Persia; movements of German agents.
  • Turkish officers in Persia.
  • Possible Russian occupation of north-western Persia.
  • Attitude of Persian Government and situation at Tehran and in the rest of Persia.
  • Information suggesting that maps of Persia, Afghanistan and Mesopotamia were made available by the Germans to the Turks.
  • Rumoured arrest of British Consul at Shiraz.
  • Appointment of Darya Begi as Governor of Gulf Ports.
  • Alarm caused by advance of Russian troops.
  • Evacuation of British Consul from Kermanshah.
  • Arrest of British subjects from Shiraz.
  • Demands of Khans in return for the release of Shiraz prisoners.

The volume’s principal correspondents are: Charles Marling, British Minister at Tehran; British Consuls at Kerman (C T Ducat), Sistan and Kain (Francis Beville Pridaux), Isfahan (G Grahame), Khorasan, Yazd, Lingeh [Bandar Lengeh] (W R Howson); 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. ; Arthur Prescott Trevor, Deputy 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. ; Foreign Secretary to the Government of India; Thomas William Holderness and Arthur Hirtzel, 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. ; War Office; Charles Hardinge, Viceroy of India; Walter Langley and Maurice de Bunsen, Foreign Office; War Office; George Buchanan, British Ambassador in Russia; Darya Begi; the American Embassy in London; the Adjutant General in India.

There is a letter in French, from the French Embassy in London; there is a translation of a newspaper article, from Jam-i-Jam.

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1 volume (261 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 for this description commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 263; 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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