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File 3516/1914 Pt 17 'German War: Persia; general' [‎58r] (120/370)

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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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Commanding, but on the understanding that Mr. Medcalf is not required to
tour along the telegraph line until the telegraph staff at Sistan is reinforced
by at least two more men if possible.
In this connection please refer to my telegram No. 295-C. of to-day. The
Army Department |would not I presume in the special circumstances of the case
require Mr. Dormer to undergo one month’s training in India with British
Regiment.
Repeated to Tehran and addressed to Goyernment of India.
90
Telegram No. 2240-W., dated the 2.0th November 1915.
From—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political
Department, Delhi,
To—The Deputy Director General, Telegraphs, Traffic, Calcutta.
Central Persian telegraph line is apparently interrupted and is likely to
remain so for some time. Consequently heavy traffic will be inevitable on line
via Robat, Sistan and Meshed and staffs will require reinforcement. Could you
send at once ten or twelve additional signallers to Quetta to proceed as soon as
escorts are available to Persia. They should report for orders to General
Officer Commanding, Quetta. Matter is most urgent.
Addressed Deputy Director General, Telegraphs. Traffic, Calcutta;
repeated Director, Indo-European Telegraph Department, 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. Section,
Karachi.
93
Telegram P., No. 266, dated (and received) the 20th November 1915.
From—His Britannic Majesty's Consul, Kerman,
To -The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Delhi.
(Repeated to Tehran, Sistan, Yezd and Bushire.)
This morning one German accompanied by 16 gendarmerie mounted on
mules and 15 of their own sowars left by the northern route ostensibly for
Yezd.
Telegram P., No. 467-F., dated (and received) the 20th November 1915.
From—His Britannic Majesty's Minister, fehian,
To-The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Delhi.
The Persian Government has intimated to the Russian Minister and me
that they are ready to enter into an alliance against Turkey, with us. I have
no accurate details yet but I understand, among other things, they will require
omise to defend^ Persia from possible Turkish attack by which (it.) may
he°understood that a promise of hundred thousand rifles and two hundred
gLs? latto to be undL orders, British and Russian officers will be required.
Six points mentioned in my telegram No. 442 will also be brought
forward for later discussion and possibly , the y entirely
possession of Holy places in Mesopotamia, administration being left . y
in our hands.

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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)
Arrangement

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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