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File 3516/1914 Pt 6 'German War: Persia; general situation May-July 1915' [‎182v] (371/484)

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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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Telegram R., No. 703 B., dated (and received) the 2nd April 1915.
From—The Hon'blb Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Percy 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.
Information was recently received from Amara to the effect that the
Commandant of Turkish force (War ?) Ahwaz, had telegraphed to Constanti
nople, via Amara, saying that he was not strong enough to attack the British
position.
He has since received reinforcements, hut his want of confidence is further
shown by desperate but apparently abortive efforts on his part, and that of the
Alujtahid, who accompanies him, to corrupt the Arab troops and populace of
Ahwaz, and revive holy war cry. Incidentally, Mujtahid declares tribesmen
and volunteers are acting with cognizance of Persian Government, who is not
neutral, and that even if she is, then Islam is not.
General Officer Commanding is now increasing force at Ahwaz by another
British regiment. If, when they arrive, military authorities consiaer them
selves strong enough to deal an effective blow at the Turco-Arab force, I am
convinced that it will do a great deal to settle the general situation in Arabistan,
and enable pipe lines to be repaired, and measures to be taken for its future
security.
Examination of the last Persian mail bags from Ahwaz and MohammeraU
shows that the attitude of literary section of Arabistan public is very satis
factory. There is no mention oi jehad \ military position is commented on quite
intelligently, and if our casualties are exaggerated, so also are our strength and
resources, and there is no sign of nervousness as to our position generally.
As regards Southern Arabistan, fanatical and disaffected elements have
defeated Sheikhas representatives and adherents in Jarahi, Hindia, Dehmulla
and Mashur, and those districts may be regarded as lost to Sheikh, until he
can recover them after the war. Movement seems to be marking time for
the moment, but any stimulating cause would no doubt extend it further
through the hinterland towards Bushire.
Addressed to Government of India; repeated to Minister 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. .
Telegram R., No. 710 B., dated (and received) the 2nd April 1915.
From— The Hon'ble Lieutinant-Colonbl Sir 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 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.
Following from Shiraz, 1st April:—
Begins. I venture to impress on Your Excellency desire to get rid of
present Governor-General as soon as possible. There is authentic evidence he
is centre of influences hostile to British interests in these parts. So called
democratic party are leaders of the anti-British campaign and Governor-
General has latterly allied himself openly with this movement.
Leaders are all associates and intimates of the Governor-General and are
evidently acting under his instigation.
Fortunately there is a strong party against Governor-General, but he and
German Agent in any case are leaving no stone unturned to win over or
vanquish these persons.
With removal of Governor-General we should, I believe, see immediate
improvement in situation in Southern Persia.
Addressed to Minister ; repeated to Basrah. Ends.
Addressed to Government of India; repeated to 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. .
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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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