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File 3360/1916 Pt 1 'Persian correspondence (1916-17)' [‎26r] (56/804)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (398 folios). It was created in 1916-1917. 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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, rv Telegram P., No. H449, dated the 26th September 1917.
From—-The Secretary to the Government of India in the Army Department, Simla,
'ST • To—His Majesty's Minister, Tehran.
The following telegram from His Excellency the Viceroy to the Eight
Hon’ble the Secretary ^of State for India, No. 14121, dated 19th September
1917, is repeated for your information :—
Message begins. It is desired by us *»*••*•*••*
War Cabinet’s direct control. Message ends.
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Telegram P., No. 992-S., dated the 28th September 1917.
From—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Politiea
Department, Simla,
To—His Britannic Majesty's Consul, Shiraz.
Bags were entirely at your disposal and are not returnable to Supply and
Transport Corps. Their sale by you, therefore, was in order. Your statement
of accounts respecting last transaction in flour should be sent as soon as
possible.
This is with reference to your telegram, No. 18, dated 22nd September.
67
Telegram R., No. 1618, dated the 27th (received 28th) September 1917.
From—The 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 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.
My telegram No. 963—1581. Bruggmann. Hollowing is gist of inform
ation given by him to Intelligence Officer re his doings after escape from
Saidabad up to subsequent recapture here.
When party escaped they went to Baharlu country. Bruggmann speaks
very well of Abdul Hussein Khan who helped him. Soon after their arrival at
Harab in middle of October 1916 Abdul Hussein received an official letter
from Kawam ordering him to expel party and at the same time private letter
saying no action need be taken. Party left Darab in Eebruary 1917 to avoid
trouble after receipt by Abdul Hussein of a second letter ordering their
expulsion.
Bruggmann met Soulet at Chah Kazimi at the end of March and Soulet
expressed regret that he could not give him much help just then owing to
fall of Baghdad and other reasons and strongly advised him to join Wassmuss
at Abram giving him safe conduct through his tribes. Bruggmann reached
Abram with Oertel and Dettmar on April 4th this year.
Dettmar died August 16th and Bruggmann having been suffering from
pains in the back for some time got alarmed. He failed to get good lersian
doctor to come out to Ahram, so against the advice of Wassmuss and Zair
Khidar decided to go into Bushire for treatment. He left Dilwar by boat
on evening of September 17th, arrived Sangi village morning of 18th, and
was arrested as already reported.
His first idea had been to enter Bushire openly, proceed straight to
Governor giving himself up and claim protection of neutral. But no langis-
tani boatmen would take him openly to Bushire fearing difficulties for them
This combined with report in Tehran paper “ Watan of the re-capture of
Baghdad by Turks caused him to change his mind and he determined to come
secretly to Bushire disguised as a Persian getting medical treatm 9 . £
and when better find his way inland in Persian dress and work up to Tur
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Content

The volume comprises telegrams, despatches, correspondence, and memoranda, comprising miscellaneous correspondence on British involvement in Persia in the period 1916-17.

Topics discussed include:

  • the activities of the German Vice-Consul, Bushire, Wilhelm Wassmuss, including reports of an attack on him (folio 312)
  • an account of the escape of German and Austrian prisoners (folio 281)
  • translations of letters from German prisoners transferred from Shiraz to Russia (ff 43-48) including a translation of Dr Zugmeyer's diary
  • discussion of German and Russian activities in Persia
  • tables, statistics and reports on troop numbers and weaponry, deployments, military engagements and casualties
  • British relations with local chiefs and their dealings with the Germans and Russians
  • transcripts of local newspaper articles on various topics including the Russian Revolution (folio 136v)
  • discussion of money required to pay to tribes
  • miscellaneous Army Department memoranda
  • general reports on the political and military situation in Persia including the 'Bakhtiari country' (ff 320-321)

The file is mainly divided into sections on events by weekly date period. Correspondents include: the Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Department; HBM Minister, Tehran (Sir Charles Marling); HBM Consul, Bundar Abbas [Bandar Abbas]; HBM Consul, Shiraz; HM Consul-General, Meshed; HM Consul for Kerman and Persian Baluchistan, (David Lockhart Robertson Lorimer); HBM Vice-Consul, Ahwaz (Captain Edward Noel); HM Consul-General, Isfahan; General Officer Commanding, Sistan Field Force; The General Staff, South Persia Rifles, Shiraz; the Inspector-General, South Persia Rifles (Brigadier-General Sir Percy Molesworth Sykes); Chief of the General Staff, Simla; Chief of the Imperial General Staff, London; the 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 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; and the 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. , Bushire.

Each part includes a divider which gives the subject and part numbers, the year the subject file was opened, the subject heading, and a list of correspondence references contained in that part by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence.

Extent and format
1 volume (398 folios)
Arrangement

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the file. The subject 3360 (Persian Correspondence) consists of three volumes, IOR/L/PS/10/612-614. The volumes are divided into three parts, with each part comprising 1 volume.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence for this description commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 400; 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. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out

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