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File 469/1917 Pt 1 'Persia: Bakhtiari affairs' [‎214r] (439/535)

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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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Telegram P., No. 448-F., dated (and received) the 12th November 1915.
From—His Britannic Majesty’s Minister, Tehran,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political
Department, Delhi.
Please refer to my telegram No. 446.
I have absolute proof Goverument are assist(ing) the principal Mujahid
who are in the pay of the Germans to proceed to Kum. The gendarmerie
have acquired practically all the available transport which taken with other
persistent but less substantiated reports seem point to conclusion the
Persian Government and the Shah contemplate decamping to Kum. To-nigbt
? also German Minister is going as far as Shah Abdul Azim. The immediate
occupation of Tehran in the only possible chance of saving the situation.
Sent to Petrograd and India and addressed to Foreign Office, London.
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Telesrram P., No. 254, dated the 12th (received 13th) November 1915.
From—His Britannic Majesty's Consul, Kerman,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Delhi.
(Addressed to Sistan, repeated to Tehran and Bushire.)
Please see your telegram 284-C. An informer of mine who has had
confidential talk with Daood Ali and another Indian who is addressed by
them as Professor, reports having decided against trying to get through in
small parties (of) six ; they mean to make the next attempt in force : that
Jehind has promised them assistance: the route through Deh Salm is that
selected : and Zugmeyer will join them from here. This person was some
time among the Baluchis. It appears from the reports from Yezd that all
the Germans are collected there.
My opinion is that they will come on by Zarand Pass north cf here either
to Khabis or a point near it where they trust to meet the Baluchis: while
Zugmeyer with 100 to 150 Persians will probably join on as they pass. Special
sowars have been posted by me at the road due north of here and I will try to
send you information of exact route taken as early as possible.
Further an arrangement has been made by me for an attack on Jehind’s
home by his enemies in the customary course and I thought that you might
perhaps to able to take similar action in the north in order to draw him back
to his own country.
45
Telegram P., dated the 12th (received 18th) November 1915.
From—His Britannic Majesty's Consul for Sistan and Kain, Robat,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Delhi.
Please refer to your telegram 18-D. S. of the 8th November. I fear it
may not later on be practicable to get Sardars on our side if ground is no now
thoroughly prepared. Ten days ago at my request Sardar Khudad-ad Khan
sent one hundred and fifty camels to Nushki but he was cautioned against
doing this and threatened by both Deputy Governor and late Revenue
Director. Several other Baluch notables have offered to supply me with
sowars and riflemen to oppose Germans. They do not at present take Germans
seriously but news is beginning to filter in about Jehind joining Germans and
large number of Bakhtiaris on Germans side. Consequently Sistan Sardars may
begin to think official policy (of) neutrality more politic and unless we have

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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)
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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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