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File 3516/1914 Pt 17 'German War: Persia; general' [‎148r] (300/370)

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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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ceding on behalf of Ghazban. By our (occupation of ?) Knt-al-Amarah be
becomes a near neighbour (of ours ?).
Bepeated to Mohammerah, Bushire, Foreign, and addressed to Minister
at Tehran.
168
Telegram P., No. 2675-B., dated the 1st (received 2nd) November 1915.
From—The Hobble 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. , Basrah,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the foreign and Political Depart
ment, Delhi.
From Noel at(?) Daril Khazina following telegram has been received
No. 193, dated 30th instant : “The observations I now make are the outcome
of a full discussion with Soane and Young of the Bakhtiari situation :—
(a) Latest information is that nine days ago three rebel Arab Sheikhs
from Fallahieh and Agha Noorullah Sayyid Esas reached
Qahwaruk accompanied by one thousand Mujahidin and are com
mitted to march on Arabistan. We consider this information as
authentic. The possibility of Young’s mission to Khans is
definitely precluded by this.
(b) All information to hand points to correctness of Soane reports my
telegram No. 179 and Young now thinks that we must accept
the fact that Khans are, though not openly, co-operating now
with the Germans.
(c) If Persia decides to enter the war Muhtasham and other Khans will
take their cue from Tehran no inducement(s) we can offer them
will detach (them from ?) Perso-German cause.
We however, make reservation that if the action of the Persian Govern
ment is disapproved of by Bahadur and Samsam Assad and in consequence they
were to leave Tehran no move will be made against us by the Bakhtiari.
(d) Arshad-ed-Dowla, acting Governor, Dizful, continue to (be) actively
V ' hostile to us. The object of his impending visit to Mohammerah
is it is credibly reported, to be to sound the ground with
a View to win Sheikh over to the Bakhtiari cause. _ _
(el Every day that policy (of) drift continues and Bakhtiari approach
^ nearer to Arabistan our position is weakened and the possibility
of our being able to secure the adherence of friendly or neutral
element is prejudiced. From the point of view of the local
situation here and on Dizful side it would seem to be of great
advantage if Bakhtiari were forced to show their hands by the
presentation of ultimatum or other means.
I ^ There is a possibility if we decide to hold the field of coming to an
(/) agreement with Ohahar Lang which if it does not secure their
co-operation might discount, as potential enemies, their impor
tance However, owing to inter-tribal quarrels and hostile
feelings fgalnst Vs it would be dangerous to count on above
possibilities or on the strength of it to make any change in the
military disposition's) ^ ^ otll e r hand far more satis-
(fc) The situation also seems to ^Th^is^ n^time to do so. Nor”
tmASanGovernment should be seized by us forthe Sheikh
now that it is still possible.

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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)
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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