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File 3516/1914 Pt 7 'German War: Persia' [‎122r] (248/519)

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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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As regards Haidar Khan to defend Bandar Big against attack is out of
the question. We should offer to remove Haidar Khan and his family for the
time being to an asylum in India or Basrah if Bandar Big is seriously
threatened.
^ As regards Bakhtiaris and Mohammerah, I support the proposals put
forward in Sir Cox’s telegram No. 1082 B., though there seems little hope of
the former cordially co-operating with us, and I recommend that he be
authorised to negotiate on these lines as to steps to be taken in the event of the
outbreak of war but that he should be careful not to commit us too deeply
should war be avoided and the situation improve.
29
Telegram R., No. 1105 B., dated (and received) the 14th May 1915.
Prom—The Hon'ble Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Percy Cox, K.C.I.E., C.S.L,
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, No. 1093 B. Following telegrams from Shiraz :—
First begins. My telegram No. 135. Aangman tells me that he does
not take order in question very seriously. Be seems to think that it is intend
ed merely as a demonstration, or protest, to bring pressure to bear on Persian
Government, to make them produce funds. He does not propose to take any
action himself until he receives further instructions.
Addressed Basrah and Bushire. Ends.
Second begins. I have spoken to Kawam who assures me that there
will be no collision between his men and gendarmerie.
Situation seems to be improving, but pro-German party is still (very ?)
active. Governor-General does nothing to check or punish agitators, and on
the contrary has been spending hours in private conterence with Wassmuss
since return of latter. Gendarmerie here are fast deteriorating, and cannot be
trusted to safeguard roads much longer, unless supplied with funds.
I trust that, in the circumstances, Persian Government will agree, at any
rate, to make Kawam responsible for order and safety at bhiraz, pending
dismissal of Governor-General. Ends.
Third begins. I gather that Wassmuss has met with no success in his | |
efforts to induce iSoulet to support German plans. *
30
Telegram R., No. 1106 B., dated (and received) the 14th May 1915.
p rom The Hon'ble Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Percy Cox, K.C.I.E., C.S.L,
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,
ip 0 iphe Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Simla.
Minister’s telegram, dated 8th May, No. 161.
Following from Minister, Tehran :—
Begins. Situation is fast steadying here. Government is showing signs
of dealing hrmiy with German agitation having had part of German Minister s
baggage searched and having obtained recall of (Pugin ?) to lehran.
Addressed Shiraz, Ispahan, Bushire, Basrah,

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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.

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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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