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File 469/1917 Pt 1 'Persia: Bakhtiari affairs' [‎199v] (408/535)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (260 folios). It was created in 10 May 1915-9 Jul 1920. 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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is no silver coinage in circulation there and even smallest transactions have
to be done in gold coin. Goltz’s kit (?) has arrived there while German Minister
is at Kerman shah. '
As to minor events nearer Tehran there is some evidence of a skirmish
near Saveh. At Hasanabad Gendarmerie are drilling daily and practising
musketry under Erick. They are being paid in gold coinage.
Telegram P v No. 583-F., dated the 15th (received 16th) December 1915.
From—His Majesty's Minister, Tehran,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Delhi.
(Addressed to Foreign Office. Sent to India and Petrograd.)
Persian Cabinet has decided to retain office and to endeavour to conciliate
public opinion with a statement (that ?) an offensive alliance against Turkey
is not contemplated.
I do (?) not think their efforts will do anything to improve situation, which
depends on success of operations of Russian General Officer Commanding.
Government is quite powerless. They cannot send message central and
southern provinces, telegraphs being in hands of Germans. Even if they
could their instructions are not obeyed.
Germans have a very considerable force of local levies of little or no
military value compared with their numbers, but by their means they control
all Persia south of Yezd, Kum, Sultanabad, Kermanshah line. Even north of
this line dcmocrats(?) are so active in German interests that Government’s
authority is very slender, while south of it and in Kerman whole population
is cut off from all but German news as to events in and out of Persia. This
news is dressed up to suit German interests, and population is wholly under
German influence in consequence.
It is to be assumed therefore that German levies will be increased largely
(I know indeed for a fact a considerable force, including even Bakhtiari, has
started for Kum from Ispahan) so that it is probable enemy force may soon
reach a figure too great to be crushed at once by Russian General Officer Com-
maudinff’s kroons which have to operate over a very wide front and against
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The file contains papers, mainly correspondence and 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. minute papers, mostly relating to the situation in the Bakhtiari [Baḵtīārī] territory in Persia [Iran], during the First World War. It includes papers concerning British negotiations with the Bakhtiari khans, and the agreement of February 1917 signed by Charles Murray Marling, HM Minister to Iran, and the principal Bakhtiari khans.

The file also includes papers which relate to relations between the Bakhtiaris and the Russians in Persia, and the payment of £2,500 made to the Bakhtiari khans in December 1915 by Dr Young of the Anglo-Persian Oil Company, in connection with the agreement concluded by Young with the Bakhtiari Sardars.

The main correspondents include: the 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. ; the Foreign Office; the Chief Political Officer, Basra (Sir Percy Zachariah Cox); the Government of India Foreign and Political Department; HM Minister, Tehran; HM Consul, Kerman; HM Consul, Sistan and Kain; and the 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. .

The file includes a divider which gives the subject number, the year the subject file was opened, the subject heading, and a list of correspondence references by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence.

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1 volume (260 folios)

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the volume.

The subject 469 (Persia: Bakhtiari affairs) consists of two volumes, IOR/L/PS/10/652-653. The volumes are divided into two parts, with each part comprising one volume.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the first folio with 1 and terminates at the last folio with 260; 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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