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File 3360/1916 Pt 1 'Persian correspondence (1916-17)' [‎26v] (57/804)

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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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headquarters. He was convinced of his ability to do this once clear
immediate vicinity of Bushire on account of his dark complexion and hair,
thorough knowledge of Persian and friendship with Kashgais and Bakhtiari
Khans.
Addressed Baghdad; repeated Tehran and Basrah.
68
Telegram R., No. 1619, dated the 27th (received 28th) September 1917.
From- 1 -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 immediately preceding telegram.
Bruggmann gave following particulars about Wassmuss* position.
He describes Wassmuss as having a lot of influence and ascribes it to his
maintaining his position and dignity as the representative of Germany.
Bruggmann says he has considerable correspondence with notables, keeps three
Persian clerks, typewriters, &c., he also has news-writers at various places and
keeps abreast of political situation. Bruggmann says Wassmuss is in corre
spondence with Turkish headquarters and German Government—in cypher with
latter as he is now again in possession of official cyphers—also with Nadolni,
German Minister-elect, who according to Bruggmann is on the way to Tehran
and probably now with Turkish headquarters. Bruggmann states that most
of notables m Pars are in correspondence with Wassmuss; Soulet and Kawam
in constant friendly correspondence while Parman Parma occasionally writes,
Nasr-i-Divan takes no important step without consulting Wassmuss-and Zair
Khidar, Sheikh Hussein and Khan of Borasjun are completely subservient
to him.
Bruggmann says that feeling against British is getting stronger, Germans
are not liked but as enemies of Britain are considered friends of Persia -
Wassmuss gains friends by this feeling.
Bruggmann emphatically declares Wassmuss’ credit is still good he has
borrowed some 4 000 tomans but has reserve gold and bills drawn early in war
to fall back on: his expenses are small, all information of messengers
being supplied free. & J *
Bruggmann says one of WassmW chief preoccupations is keepin- the
Bushne-Shiraz road disturbed Bruggmann also declares that there is s"tron-
and growing feeling against British and South Persia Rifles especially in Pars
and he does not foresee much chance of success for the latter; he considers
Soulet and Kawam at heart anti-British (and feel?) resentment against the
corps. ^
Finally he mentions that Dettmar who was pvTifiTf -ir* i * t
their route between Saidahad and Darab hill of excellent graphTte. many "out
tT/oftppert" ^ ^ “ g0 ° d “ ^ “ Moroceo and® coLideraWe ^ul
Addressed Tehran; repeated Baghdad, Basrah and Shiraz.
69
Telegram P„ No. 32S-F., dated the E8th (received 29th) September 19 17.
From—His Britannic Majesty's Minister, Tehran,
“The Secretary to the Government of India in thp Ww ■ , .
ment, Simla. 1 10 the r ° re, S n a »d Political Depart-
daS sipWmb er 0 19th n ‘ i ' a ' S telesram ’ ^Peatad to mo
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being shown by Cabinet. If, as suggested by Government are
desired to induce Persian Government to recognise South Pmia Rifles, I

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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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