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File 3516/1914 Pt 7 'German War: Persia' [‎116r] (236/519)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (257 folios). It was created in 20 Mar 1915-3 Dec 1915. It was written in English and French. 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 R., No. 1032 B., dated (and received) the 4th May 1915.
From—The Hon’ble Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Percy Cox, K.C.I.E., C.S.I. Poli
tical Resident 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 De'hkrt-
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My telegram, No. 1024 B., 2nd May.
Bellowing from Tehran, 158 :—
Begins, Bushire telegram, No. 161 C. . , ^
I have made constant representations about necessity (^or) sttfp^mgi.
Wassmuss and I am confident that both Prime Minister and Minister of the
1 nterior are doing all in their power (to) oblige us and that they will succeed
(in) time. As a beginning, prders have been sent to recall Wassmuss’s gendar- )
merie escort. I
Telegram, No. 1033 B., dated the 4th (received 5th) May 1915. ^ ^
From—The Hon’ble Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Percy Cox, K.C.I.E., C.S.I.,
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, Simla.
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My 1022 B., dated 2nd May.
Following from Bushire, No. 407, to Minister:—
Begins. Have received reports from Borasjun that local Khan has called
a meeting of the neighbouring Khans, of whom Khans of Daliki and Ahmedi
have arrived, apparently with a view to organising an attack on Haidar Khan
of Bandar Rig. It is believed at Borasjun that gendarmerie from Kazerun
intend to co-operate. Further, Saiyid Murtaza and others (are) travelling
round trying to patch up differences between various Khans, thus situation at
beginning of April seems likely to be repeated.
I, therefore, venture to suggest that it would be advisable to move present
Prime Minister to issue warning to the Khans and to give assurances similar
to those given by his predecessors. Ends.
Telegram, No. 1041 B., dated the 4th (received 5th) May 1915.
From—The Hon'ble Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Percy Cox, K.C.I.E., C.S.I*,
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, Simla.
My telegram, 1032 B.
Following telegrams from Shiraz:—
First begins. Information received from Kazerun last night that Captain
Oertengren has sent orders to Kalantar of Kamarij giving him 14 hours to
evacuate Kamarij. Fighting is said to have begun between gendarmes and
Kalantar’s men. Doctor Cara and four ladies of C. M. S., en route for Ispahan
from Bushire, arrived at Kamarij yesterday. I made urgent representations
last night to Governor-General and Pravitz regarding situation. Ends.
Second begins. During the last few days Wassmuss and Governor of
Kazerun, who was lately a gendarmerie officer and Persian gendarmerie
officer at Kazerun have been guests of Muhammad Ali Khan Kashkuli. They
are undoubtedly carrying on intrigues with latter, object of which is not fully
apparent, as Captain Oertengren himself at Kazerun. Proceedings of his
Persian officer must be within his knowledge and approval. I again venture
to invite Your Excellency’s attention to open support afforded to Wassmuss’s
intrigues by both Swedish and Persian gendarmerie officers. Ends.

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The volume concerns the Persian Gendarmerie in southern Persia (Fars), and the pro-German feelings of the Swedish officers who were part of it.

The volume covers:

  • Accusations against Swedish officers employed by the Persian Gendarmerie in Fars, suggesting that they have been abandoning their neutrality to support German interests.
  • Anti British attitude of Swedish officers; request for their withdrawal.
  • Consignment of arms and ammunitions at Bushire, for the use of the Persian Gendarmerie.
  • List of Swedish officers in service for the Persian Gendarmerie.
  • Alleged intrigues by Major Previtz and other Swedish officers.
  • Conditions offered to the Swedish officers of the Gendarmerie for their withdrawal from Fars.
  • Proposed subvention for the Gendarmerie.
  • Situation at Tehran.

The volume’s principal correspondents are: Charles Hardinge, Viceroy of India; 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. ; Walter Beaupre Townley and Charles Marling, British Ministers at Tehran; the Swedish Legation in London; Edward Grey, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs; Esme Howard, British Consul at Stockholm; Eyre Alexander Barby Wichart Crowe and Maurice de Bunsen, Foreign Office; Thomas William Holderness and Arthur Hirtzel, 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. ; William Frederick Travers O'Connor, British Consul at Shiraz; George Buchanan, British Ambassador in Russia.

The volume contains some letters in French, from the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and from Gustav Edwall and Gustav Hjalmar Previtz, Persian Gendarmerie.

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1 volume (257 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 259; 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. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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