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File 3516/1914 Pt 17 'German War: Persia; general' [‎21r] (46/370)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (181 folios). It was created in 26 Oct 1915-06 Jan 1916. 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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Minuter of foreign Affairs hints that Persia has ambitions with regard to
Mesopotamia. > We may expect that they will ask for Persian sovereignty with
British administration . Would His Majesty’s Government be disposed to
discuss something (of) kind over a limited area or at holy places only p 1
122
Telegram, dated the 25th November 1915.
From The Deputy Director-General of Telegraphs, Calcutta,
To The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Delhi.
Your 22dO-W,, dated 20th instant. Consulted Director, 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. Sec
tion, Indo-European Telegraph Department, Karachi; he states he cannot spare
any men and it is very difficult for us to spare suitable men as we are very
shorthanded at present. As Central Persian line is now working well,
Director, 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. , suggests possibly no longer necessary send extra staff
referred to. Do you agree.
123
Telegram P., No. tSl-F., dated the 2tth (received 25th) November 1915.
From—His Britannic Majesty's Minister, Tehran,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political
Department, Delhi.
Please see my telegram 476. It is reported by His Majesty’s Consul,
Bushire, that Major O’Connor, Bank Manager and Accountant and Indo-
European Telegraph Department Superintendent and another officer together
with few men of Consular Escort are now in hands of Tangistani Khans who
demand in exchange for their release.
(1) Belease Germans, Eisenhut and Listemen and of Persian prisoners
captured in attack on Bushire by us.
(2) Bestoration of certain monies belonging to two of the Khans which
had been sequestrated during our occupation of Bushire at Imperial
Bank of Persia.
(3) With exception of ordinary Consular Guards from Bushire departure
of all troops.
Trevor considers that these demands are inadmissible. I agree with him
generally except that I think that money might be perhaps restored eventually
subject to any sums deducted as compensation for people who suffered during
attack on Bushire.
It is in my opinion unlikely that captives will be maltreated or put to
death, first, because we are holding more prisoners of war on whom to make
reprisals and, second, because Khans will wait to see what line Persian Govern
ment will take and will be afraid that. Kawam or Soulet will be charged to
exact the penalty from them,
Persian Ministers confirm this opinion. Through Governor of the Ports
of 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. they are sending strong messages (to ?) Khans and if found
necessary Shah will intervene himself. I have little doubt that release will be
effected if our negotiations for the alliance make progress and meanwhile I
think that we should not make to Khans any concessions.
Angmann, Swedish Commanding Officer at Ears, has been recalled by
Persian Government.
Bepeated to India, Bushire, Sir P. Cox ; addressed Foreign Office.

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The volume concerns the situation in Persia during the First World War. The main focus is the British and Russian attempt to influence the Shah and the Majlis deputies during the events that happened in November 1915.

The volume covers:

  • German funding to Swedish Gendarmerie.
  • Terms of proposed alliance between Persia and Germany.
  • German occupation of Yazd.
  • Occupation of Hamadan [Hamadān, Iran].
  • Situation at Suj-Bulak and Maragha, newspaper article from Kavkazskoe Slovo.
  • German activity.
  • Proposed despatch of Bakhtiari Khans to Ispahan and Kerman.
  • Protection of British consuls.
  • Suggested cabinet of Farman Farma (Prince Abdol-Hossein Farman Farma).
  • Proposed Council of Regency.
  • Russian victories in the North.
  • Persian Government's protests against advance of Russian troops in Tehran.
  • Relations of Darya Begi with the Khans of the hinterland.
  • Attitude of Turkish Minister.

The volume’s principal correspondents are: Esme Howard, British Ambassador in Sweden; George Buchanan, British Ambassador in Russia; Charles Marling, British Minister at Tehran; Charles Hardinge, Viceroy of India; Alfred Hamilton Grant, Foreign Secretary to the Government of India; British Consuls at Sistan and Kain (Francis Beville Pridaux), Kerman (C T Ducat), Khorasan (Thomas Wolseley Haig), Batoum (P Stevens), Shiraz (William Frederick Travers O'Connor); John Nixon, General Officer Commanding, Force 'D'; Foreign Office; 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. ; Arthur Prescott Trevor, 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 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. ; Edward Grey, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.

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1 volume (181 folios)
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The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the volume.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 183; 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.

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