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File 3516/1914 Pt 17 'German War: Persia; general' [‎59v] (123/370)

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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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us.” I propose to write to O’Connor informing him that matter has been
reported to Government and that I am requesting that whoever considers
himself in charge of prisoners should be told to communicate with me and
make it clear’feat by what right he claims to speak for the “ National Com
mittee.”
Eepeated to Foreign, Sir P. Cox ; addressed to Tehran.
102
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Telegram P., No. 712-C., dated the 21st (received 22nd) November 1915.
From—The 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 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. , Bushire,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Delhi. ^
Please see my telegram No. 70S-C. Darya Begi says telegrams to Kawam
Soulet and Khans would carry more weight if they were signed by Ain-ud-Daula
instead of or in addition to Pirman Pirma. Possibly Shah himself mio>ht be
induced to send some telegrams. °
The “ National Committee ” referred to in my telegram No. 710-C
appears to be composed of Persian officers of gendarmerie assisted by German
Consul. J
. I venture to suggest for consideration, since the whole business was
engineered by gendarmerie, whether it would not be advisable that His Imperial
Majesty the Shah should issue Kescripts ordering return to Shiraz of prisoners
and their reinstatement with all honour in their original places or their surren-
der to us here, failing which Pars regiment of gendarmerie would be disbanded"
forthwith. ^ This would not, I imagine, induce gendarmerie to hand over prison
ers, or affect their own prospect much as anyhow they will not o> e t much
pay. But I think it might make an impression on the people° who are
inclined to be friendly or really neutral as it would deprive gendarmerie of
eir official status and show clearly that by Persian Government their
actions are disavowed and generally discredit them.
In any case I think such orders would not do any harm speakin^ from
local point of view as the Pars regiment has evidently thrown in its lot with
the rebels, and if disbanded would lose strength as even if the Committee
Adrift™ resiments of Native Cava1 ^ would i> ro -
Bepeated to Foreign, Sir P. Cox; addressed to Minister, Tehran.
103
Telegram R., No. 373-F., dated the 21st (received 22nd) November 1915.
From—His Britannic Majesty's Minister, Tehran,
T ° _T Department. t0 Government of ^ in Foreign and Polity
Your telegram No. 708-0.
at SMrnf frn G01,ernm ! n h Wh0 S<)t autheiltic new s of events of November lOt
at Shiraz from me yesterday were genuinely horrified.
Telegrams were at once drawn up as suggested by you and handed ove
L t™™ 0 * v wire. Kawam-ul-Mulk Cll taken to
t“ cct feTolbe 0 “^t mT? f Tehran aDd fOT allowing such V"
and that Persia is still a * 6 0 ‘p^at reports as to war are purely fabricatio
L most friend! v “f t” - “A relatl0IlS with Great aud Eussi
are most fnend.y. Soulet is enjoined to use every effort to remedy damag
for further ^ ^ to Persian Government preparing ther
ment reCeiP 0t mstructioils f rom His Majesty’s Govern
Addressed to Pushire ; repeated to India, Cos.

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Content

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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