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Coll 17/27 'Iraq. Medical services' [‎6r] (11/190)

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The record is made up of 1 file (41 folios). It was created in 5 Feb 1936-8 Jun 1936. 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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1.. The Political Advisory Staff will work directly
under my orders through the Oriental Secretary. For the
purposes of its work the country will be divided into
three areas:-
a) Northern area, the Li was of Mosul, Arbil, Kirkuk,
Sulaimani and DLyalah. Headquarters will be at
b) Central area, the Liwas of Dulaim, Bagdad, Hillah,
Kerbala, Diwaniyah, Kut, Amarah. Headquarters
will be in Bagdad.
c) Southern area, the Liwas of Basra and Nasiriyah.
Headquarters will be in Basra.
2. . The staff will be shown on the strength of
C.I.C.I. and all questions of pay, establishment, etc.
will be arranged by C.I.C.I.
3. Its duties will be
a} Military
b) Political.
4. Its military duties will be
a) to keep in close touch with local military commanders,
b) to arrange for co-operation of civil authorities
with local military commanders,
c) to establish good relations between the civil
population and the British forces,
d) to infom local military commanders of political
developments and events in so far as they affect
the, military situation and to give them any topographical
or other information which they may require.
e) to accompany military columns when necessary, after
first obtaining my approval.
5* Political Duties
The main duty of the Political Admisory Staff will
be to fight Nazi influence in all its forms in this
country, to prevent the possibility of the recurrence
of another rising against us and to make such preparations
as are possible to meet a German advance. It is difficult
to define in exact detail how these objects are to be
attained and I wish Political Advisors to have a wide
discretion. A month ago this country was completely
in the hands of fifth columnists and although the arch-
villians have fled, the machine remains with plenty of
smaller villains to work it. Thanks to their intensive
propaganda over a period of years, the Germans have
created a hatred of us amongst certain classes which
did not before exist and although temporarily eclipsed,
it is obvious that they will, take the first opportunity
to recover their position. I am determined to fight
them witk. all the means in our power and in this fight

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The file contains papers relating to the desire of the Government of Iraq to engage an expert for a few months to reorganise the health service of Iraq (and the subsequent decision of the Iraqi Government not to proceed with the recruitment of this expert).

The papers mostly consist of 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. internal correspondence, correspondence between 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. and the Foreign Office, copy correspondence between the Secretary of State for the Colonies and the Governor of Ceylon [Sri Lanka], and copy correspondence between the Foreign Office and the following: HM Embassy at Baghdad, HM Representative at Cairo, and the Colonial Office.

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

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1 file (41 folios)

The papers are arranged in 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 44; 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 17/27 'Iraq. Medical services' [‎6r] (11/190), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/2889, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 23 April 2019]

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