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File 3516/1914 Pt 8 'German War: Persia' [‎44v] (93/434)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (213 folios). It was created in 16 Jul 1915-5 Nov 1915. 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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that there is an alleged agreement between Bahhtian and Kushgai winch
amounts to a plot for the overthrow of Government finances and fin* Persia to
he partitioned between Kashgai and Bakhtian who are to be armed from
German sources. Idea of such a combination in normal times would be
amusing but in actual circumstances it must not be forgotten that moral elfect
on Bakhtiari and Soulet and Kawam, respectively, likely to be increased by f ^
presence of large numbers of well equipped Germans in open defiance of
Persian Government, of Eussians and of ourselves at Ispahan and Shiraz,
must be serious and with inducements offered to them for the time tribea
may sink their differences and such a combination even if only of a temporary
nature, under German guidance, might well give .enemy the chance they
are waiting for.
At present Bakhtiaris are at loggerheads with each other over various
duties and I propose to paralyse tribe as a whole by keeping them so, but it is
quite within the bounds of possibility that influences of Germans at Ispahan,
where most Khans are collected, may help to prevent their differences from
coming to a head. It seems to me in any case that more than this is required
of us. As far as its local effect goes, our occupation of Bushire seems to be
falling flat and unless something (?) is done by us in way of a punitive expedb
tion against those Khans who are responsible for the Bushire outrage, which
will strike at the heart of Persian imagination and disillusion them as to sup
posed impotence of His Majesty’s Government, I apprehend a very dangerous
situation may arise in the Province of Pars and south-west of Persia generally.
It is absolutely necessary at the same time that impression which will be
produced by probable fall of Warsaw to German forces should be counteracted
by appearance at Kazvin, at earliest possible moment, of promised Russian
troops.
Mustaufi-ul-Mamalik is using his efforts to form a Cabinet Council, but
even were he to succeed in filling the various appointments, combination
would be too much under democratic influence and too weak to be of any use
(to us ?) in counteracting machipations of Germans.
Addressed to foreign Office 5 sent to India, Ispahan, Basrah, Petrograd
and Bushire.
27
Telegram R., No. 387 C., dated (and received) the 7th August 1915.
From— Major A. P. Trevor, C.I.E., Officer on Special Duty 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, Simla.
Urgent. A fairly strong raiding party, having apparently slipped between
our posts eight and nine on Mashileh, made a strong attack at about midnight
last night on a house behind used as a signalling station apparently with a view
to capturing or killing British officer who lives there. Attempt was unsuccess
ful and party withdrew about 2 a.m.
Addressed Tehran; repeated to Basrah, Shiraz, Poreign.
28
Telegram R,, No, 1569 B., dated (and received) the 7th August 1915.
From—The Hobble Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Percy Cox, K.C.I.E., C.Sl,
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.
Eeference Bushire telegram No. 377 C.
aotivTtiw of pro^Germa^eLments^' ° £ ^ ^ ^

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The volume concerns the situation in Persia during the First World War. The main focus is the plan for the British occupation of Bushire.

The volume covers:

  • Measures to be taken at 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. Ports in case of armed intervention against Persia, issued by the Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief for East Indies.
  • German activities;.
  • Relations between Persia and the 'Entente Powers': appeal of Persian Government to French Government for support and withdrawal of British and Russian forces from Persia.
  • Plans for occupation of Bushire.
  • Plans to dispatch troops from Force 'D'.
  • Relations with Haidar Khan, chief of Hayat Daoud [Ḥayāt-dāwudi] tribe.
  • Censorship of Persian mails from Bushire and Bandar Abbas.
  • Proposed deportation to India of Governor of Gulf Ports.
  • Evacuation of British Consul and community from Shiraz.
  • Attack on British Consul at Isfahan.
  • Relations with Persian Government.
  • Proposed ultimatum to Persian Government, rejected to protect the Anglo-Persian Oil Company pipeline.
  • Restoration of Persian authority at Bushire and termination of British occupation in September 1915.
  • Imperial Bank of Persia's report on the political situation in Bushire (ff 16-18).

The volume’s principal correspondents are: William Graham Greene and W F Nicholson, Admiralty; Charles Marling, British Minister at Tehran; Charles Hardinge, Viceroy of India; 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. ; Eyre Alexander Barby Wichart Crowe and Maurice de Bunsen, 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, Officer on Special Duty 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. ; Edward Grey, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs; the Persian Foreign Minister; Alfred Hamilton Grant, Foreign Secretary to the Government of India; Imperial Bank of Persia.

There are documents in French, from the French Embassy in London.

There is a map within the file, showing ' Tribal districts between Arabistan and Bushire' (folio 135).

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1 volume (213 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 for this description commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 215; 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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