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File 3516/1914 Pt 6 'German War: Persia; general situation May-July 1915' [‎186v] (379/484)

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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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Tehran telegram No. 130, dated April 4th, repeated to you from Bushire,
engenders hope that attitude of Persian Government is improving under pressure]
and this improvement will probably be refleuted in behaviour of hostile Khans.
But the message of His Excellency the Commander-in-Chief to General Nixon,
makes it evident that there is considerable misapprehension, which, I trust,
Foreign Department will remove. This is not a case of a tribal quarrel, or of
our fighting the battles of a local Khan, nor would the deterrent presence
of a gunboat, and a vessel conveying a detachment of troops to be landed in
emergency, in sight of ships, involve any entanglement on mainland, any
more than many other such landings on Persian coast during the past few
years.
What we are dealing with now is a conspiracy of hostile Khans,
engineered by German agents and gendarmerie, with the object of injuring us
indirectly by attacking the only Khan, who has openly stood in with us.
But for Hyder Khan’s co-operation, the German scheme would never have
been revealed in time, and had it materialised, we should have been confronted
with a very much more serious situation. It is rather a case of his fighting
our battle than we his. As regards action on mainland, please see my
telegram No. 494 B., dated 13th March, paragraph 2.
Addressed to Foreign; repeated to Minister and Bushire.
Telegram R., No. 765 B., dated (and received) the 7th April 1915.
From— The Hon'ble Lieutbnant-Colonel 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.
My telegrams Nos. 61 B., dated 14th January and 382 B., dated 3rd
March.
I have received further letter from Araibi Pasha, a most important
Sheikh of Albu Aduhammad, in neighbourhood of Amara, saying that religious
volunteer force is weakened by dissensions, and incapable of attack or defence,
and that Havize tribe is in a state of expectant fear of our reprisals, whilst
Amara tribes only wonder at our delay in coming. Corroboration of above
is found in arrival of a messenger at Ahwaz from above-mentioned Sheikh
and others hitherto sitting on the fence, but now offering to help Sheikh of
Mohammerah by attacking Havize or Bani Turuf in his interests. Message
ends.
Addressed to Government of India; repeated to India OflQ.ce and Tehran.
£3.
Telegram P., No. 770 B., dated the 8th (received 9th) April 1915.
From —The Hon'ble Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Percy Cox, K.C.I.E., C.S.L,
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.
The following telegram has been received from His Maiesty’s Minister at
Tehran, 113, dated 8th April:—
Begins. Please refer to my telegram No. 114 (?).
Latest reports which have been received from Kermanshah are of an
alarming nature. Ten thousand Turkish troops are stated to be threatening
the frontier, whilst loyalty of Kalkhan and Kalhor is doubtful. In addition,
the fact that German agents have enrolled about one hundred ruffians as
guards, gives rise to great uneasiness. it is feared that situation
may pass beyond Governor-General’s power of control. His Majesty’s
Consul has requested permission to enrol sowars. I have informed him
in reply that there would be no object in adopting such a course, which

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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.

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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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