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Coll 30/211 'DEFENCE OF: Land, Sea & Air Facilities placed at the disposal of H.M.G. by the Rulers concerned.' [‎4v] (8/18)

The record is made up of 1 file (7 folios). It was created in 24 Jul 1942-17 Oct 1942. 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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simply stated tnat f, at this stage, when it is not*'oossible
to foresee ho?/ the course of the war will develop/
Majesty * s- Government ar^ Mahle to giv4 nny 4 precise
definit-i^h-of the further facilities, if any^ which ihey
mighfc require, "but it is possi'bl^i*.that, in addition to the
continuance of the facilities already granted to the Royal
I^ayy and >the Royal Air Force, it .,i^^4"oe necessary for them
to ask for other facilities of a similar nature/ In that
event they would infom the Sultan as long as possible in
advance of what is required, in order that with his goodwill
and co-operation the necessary arrangements may he made”.
(pz 6212/39 w (o^CA.%,-)
3. Additional facilities granted by the Sultan
m.eqflqect:i,op ■■ It g .the Southern Arabian route .
Information on this question is extraordinarily sparse.
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An emergency landing ground at Salalah formed pa.r£ * of the
R. a. U „ regular South^qh^ Arabian route (PZ 1 79 / 40 , PZ 1121/40
page 4 )* In December 1939 the Sultan agreed to its use as
an advance base by the R.A.F. P rd to a bomb store being
established there. (PZ 8048/39, PZ 1094 / 40 ). In 1941 he was
to be asked to agree to the use of landing grounds at Muscat,
Ras-al-Had^, Masirah and Salalah by re co nri)jl s sauce airAa ffc.
We do not seem to have been informed of 8381/41,
Ext # 44A2). «
In 1942 Pan American Airvays descended upon Salalah and * 0U
established meteorological and wireless stations there (Ext. ”
1 3109/42, i^xt.3704/42) * After a good deal of fuss and bother j
negotiations v/ere opened v/ith the Sultan, and he finally agreed
to grant to the U.S.A. for the U.S. Army Air Force:- 1 .
the use of aerodromes by aircraft under the jurisdiction
°f the U. b. Airry. 2. Landing oJ^civijL and ni^Litaxy personnel
to service the aircraft and to establish t^ere ope rat yit<\Ll>cv and.
radio stations. 3 . Permission to erect buildings at SaJLalah,
Masirah and Ras-ol-Hadd (including l\hor, Ja.rama) and to station
aircraft there. 4 . Exemption from customs duty on the sane
terms as the R. A. F. .
-o*.
Subject to the following conditions:-
1. That it was ma.de clear who was responsible for the
American personnel. 2. G-rant of a small amount of arms,
ammunition and medical supplies. 3« Compensation for damage.

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The file contains information collected by Miss M Odgers of 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. , detailing land, sea, and air facilities available for the defence of 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. , which had been placed at the disposal of the British Government ( HMG Her or His Majesty’s Government in London. ) by the rulers concerned.

The information covers Kuwait, Bahrein [Bahrain], Dubai, Sharjah, Ras-el-Kaimah [Ras al Khaimah], Kalba, and Muscat and Oman.

The file also contains charts of local defence arrangements: (1) original, and (2) existing, covering Koweit [Kuwait], Bahrain, Qatar, Sharjah, and Muscat and Oman. The charts give information on: regular forces, arms, ammunition, organisation, transport, irregular forces, defences, and protection of oil wells.

The file includes a divider, which gives a list of correspondence references contained in the file by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence.

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1 file (7 folios)
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The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the file.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 9; 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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Coll 30/211 'DEFENCE OF: Land, Sea & Air Facilities placed at the disposal of H.M.G. by the Rulers concerned.' [‎4v] (8/18), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/3954, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100063587373.0x000009> [accessed 17 December 2018]

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