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File 3516/1914 Pt 17 'German War: Persia; general' [‎120v] (245/370)

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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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Telegram P., dated (and received) the 12th November 1915.
Prom—His Britannic Majesty^s Minister, Tehran,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Delhi.
(Addressed Foreign Office, London, repeated to Petrograd.)
A report has been received by the Director, Indo-European Telegraph
Department, from the Inspector working between Busbire and Shiraz that His
Britannic Majesty’s Consul and the Manager of the Bank at Shiraz have been
made prisoners by gendarmerie acting on orders from Tehran and (taken ?)
towards Busbire.
Orders have issued to the Kawam and Soulet to attack Busbire.
The Swedish gendarmerie officer was not at Shiraz.
Telegram has been sent by the leading clergy at Ispahan to Tehran
demanding the rupture of relations with the allies.
Telegram P., No. 452-F., dated the 12th (received 13th) November 1915.
From—His Britannic Majesty’s Minister, Tehran,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Delhi.
(Addressed Foreign Office, London, repeated to Petrograd, Basrah and Bushire.)
With reference to my immediately preceding telegram, I have heard
from Minister for Eoreign Affairs who denies all knowledge of any such occur
rences at Shiraz.
The story it is just possible is a German invention made up with the
object of influencing events at the capital.
A story of very much the same kind was circulated here regarding
Hamadan which proved entirely without foundation. The Minister for
Eoreign Affairs talked in the most friendly way and asked whether Russian
Minister and I mistrusted the present Cabinet. If we did so a Cabinet
could easily be formed that would enjoy our confidence. The Shah, he declar
ed, had no intention of leaving the capital.
The Persian Government seems to be on the point of coming over to us.
The German Agents are still moving from Tehran and their flight has naturally
shaken the belief in them, There is also an exodus of their adherents.
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Telegram P., No. R.-339, dated the 12th (received 13th) November 1915,
From— The Hon’ble Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Percy Cox, K.C.S.I., K.C.I.E.,
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. , Knt, through Basrah,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Delhi.
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The great importance of preventing as long as possible the news from
becoming public in the event of a rupture with Persia, is again urged by the
Consul, Mohammerah,—-in order to give the Sheikh time to assemble the
heads of tribes. In the cases of other friendly elements the same considerations
apply. It would appear that the only effective means of securing this would
be to seize the Persian telegraph offices at Tehran as early as possible. Can
Director make any suggestions as to particular measures which could be taken
in the provinces.
Repeated to Eoreign, Bushire, Basrah, Mohammerah and addressed Minis
ter at Tehran,

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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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