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File 3443/1914 Pt 2 'German War: German emissaries to Afghanistan' [‎3v] (13/490)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (238 folios). It was created in 1 Jun 1915-21 Nov 1915. It was written in English and French. 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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There is nothing to report to-day.
Tt is auifce certain that Shah will leave if troops are not removed further
. ponifal We then saw Shah. We explained to him programme and
.. on™ «»»»• -< Govern *
““ sSkrty was ,.r, agiblri but w. left him will, Li. promise tbut until
we received a " reply he 7 would not leave Capital. He gave us assurances of
intimate and cordial relations in future As he may still ehan^ his min i
troops remain long at Karej I hope reply may be sent without delay.
Telegram P., No. 459-F., dated (and received) the 16th Novemher 191o.
From—His Britannic Majesty's Minister, Tehran,
To The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Delhi.
Clear the line. My telegram No. 457. Yesterday three enemy missions left
Tehran, Germans being first to go. Their departure shows how ( [ lffi dent they are
of their hold in Persia. Advance of Russian troops on the other hand has terrified
Shah and a mere rumour they are coming nearer might cause Shah to tollow
Germans It is of prime importance therefore that Russian Minister and 1
should be allowed control for next fortnight or so over movement of troops
towards or from Tehran. For the moment the danger point is an inexperi
enced and nervous youth who requires constant management.
As for Government as distinct from Shah it seems as if Germans boast
that a Turco-German (force ?) will appear in Persia has made considerable
impression upon them.
I do not know what importance should be attached to this, boast, but
Germans and Turks might succeed in getting together on frontier some force
of tribesmen with a few regulars, and I think it w r ould be useful if w’e were
authorised to assure Persian Government that in order to repel any aggression
in that quarter two powers would give their support to Persia.
A defensive alliance would possibly he best solution : it would he commit
tal of Persia to us and would regularise use in Persia of Russian troops.
It is impossible to predict what effect in Provinces events of yesterday
will have German Agents working there are far more resolved and reckless
than was German Legation (has proved ?) and they will very likely (now try
to ?) raise revolution in the country.
If, on the other hand, in the next few days we can definitely commit Per
sian Government to our side I think it is probable majority of their partisans
will abandon Germans.
Bent to India, Petrograd, Bushire and Cox ; addressed to Foreign Office.
Telegram R., No. 4-60-F., dated (and received) the 16th November 1915.
From—His Britannic Majesty's Minister, Tehran,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Delhi.
United States Minister has informed me officially in w r riting that he has
taken charge of German and Turkish interests in “ those parts of the North
of Persia in occupation of Russian troops.”
Addressed to Foreign Office; sent to India, Petrograd and Cox.
Telegram P., No. 261, dated (and received) the 16th November 1915.
Prom—His Britanic Majesty's Consul, Kerman,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Delhi.

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The volume contains correspondence regarding the Persian Campaign of the First World War and the movements and activities of the Central Powers in Persia [Iran] between June and November 1915. The correspondence is particularly concerned with German and Ottoman attempts to infiltrate Afghanistan from Persia, and of ensuring the continued neutrality of both Afghanistan and Persia.

The primary correspondents are the British Legation, Tehran; the British Embassy, Petrograd [Saint Petersburg]; the Government of India; and the Foreign Office.

The volume contains a single folio in French (f 184), a communication from the Russian Ambassador in London.

The volume 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 (238 folios)

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the 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 238; 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 between ff 121-127, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

The foliation sequence does not include the front and back covers.

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English and French in Latin script
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