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File 3516/1914 Pt 6 'German War: Persia; general situation May-July 1915' [‎58r] (120/484)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (237 folios). It was created in 1 Apr 1915-16 Jul 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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Following from Shiraz, No. 156 :-™- 5
Begins. Kawam and Soulet have had meeting and have agreed to do all
in their power to maintain neutrality as long as this is policy of Persian Gov
ernment. They also agree that present Governor-General is chiefly responsible
for unrest in Pars and that his removal is desirable in public interest. They
^ have cemented good relations existing between themselves.
Ghulam Ali Khan Nawab has also had interview with Soulet on my be
half and has obtained from him satisfactory assurances regarding preservation
of neutrality amongst his tribes.
Wassmuss tried to bribe Soulet with offer of five thousand pounds but
Soulet refused to have anything to do with him.
Addressed Tehran ; repeated to Basrah and Bushire.
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Telegram P., No. T.-13, dated the 22nd (received 23rd) May 1915.
From—The Hon’ble Ltetjtenant-Colonel Sib Percy Cox, K.C.I.E., C.S.I. ,
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, Basrah,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Simla (repeated to Bushire, Tehran and 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. ).
Kindly refer to comments of His Majesty’s Minister, Tehran, and the
Government of India on the series of telegrams beginning with my No. 1081.
Doubtless they are in a position to appraise situation from a more detach
ed and longer standpoint than I can, but I respectfully submit further observa
tions as follows. In the autumn of 1914, when a rupture with Turkey was
expected and when the opinion was expressed by the military authorities in
India that our resources were fully occupied and that troops for 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.
could not be spared, we did not hesitate to discount the fact by making reassur
ing announcements to many 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. potentates and by offering induce
ments to Basrab, Mohammerah and Kuwait notables in order to make sure of
their benevolent neutrality or co-operation. To me the position at the present
moment appears to be much the same with regard to Persia. Brimd facie,
we have no troops to spare with which we can protect our interests or support
our friends. Therefore, I submit that, in order to ensure their benevolent
neutrality and to obtain, if possible, their co-operation and thus discount host (s)
of doubtful elements, the natural alternative is to offer practical inducements
to those elements which are now friendly with us. I am afraid that disburse
ment (of) periodical secret service doles and other alternatives which have been
proposed by the Government of India will not be either sufficient or practicable
for the propose.
Provided that our friends receive sufficient inducements to repay them for
risk(s) and odium entailed, they can look after themselves and prevent the
spreading of hostilities. We must face the possibility of these friendly
elements leaving us and consequently creating much more serious situation
which will necessitate military dispositions on a proportionately larger scale
than those the Government of India contemplate, if we take no action on t e
lines suggested.
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Telegram P., No. T.-14, dated the 22nd (received 23rd) May 1915.
From— The Hon’ble Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Percy Cox, K.C.LE., C.S.I.,
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. , Basrah,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Simla (repeated to Secretary of State for India and His Britannic
Majesty's Minister at Tehran).
Exclusion of Arabistan from sphere of disturbances will in the event o£
outbreak of war with Persia be a matter of great (?) consequence. Ihe position
at present is that Beni Turuf and Haweizeh and Bawi tribes have submitted
and only Chaab remain “out”. It is hoped that latter will also submit
within a few days. 1 am of opinion that we should on the outbreak of uar

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The volume concerns events that happened in Persia and Balochistan, during the First World War. The main focus is measures to be taken in the event of Persia entering the War against Great Britain.

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The volume’s principal correspondents are: Charles Hardinge, Viceroy 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. ; 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. ; Walter Gordon Neale, Assistant 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. ; Walter Beaupre Townley and Charles Marling, British Ministers at Tehran; W MacDouall, British Consul for Kermanshah; G Grahame, British Consul-General at Isfahan, Eyre Alexander Barby Wichart Crowe, Foreign Office; Edward Grey, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs; John Nixon, General Officer Commanding, Force 'D', Basrah; the Admiralty; Imperial Bank of Persia; Anglo-Persian Oil Company; Strick, Scott and Co.

There is a newspaper cutting, from The Times .

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1 volume (237 folios)
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The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the volume.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 239; 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. An additional foliation sequence is present in parallel between ff 3-237; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled.

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