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File 3443/1914 Pt 2 'German War: German emissaries to Afghanistan' [‎4r] (14/490)

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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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No. 11.-9176, dated Pelhi, the 16th November 1915.
Prom—M ajou A. H. O. Spe\ t ce, Deputy Secretary to the Government of India,
Army Department,
To—The Director-General of Ordnance.
I am directed to say that the Government of India are pleased to sanction
the issue of loO rifles, M L. E. Mark I*, with bayonets and equipment and 100
rounds of Small Arm Ammunition per rifle, to His Britannic Majesty’s
Consul for Sistan and Kain, for the use of the Hazara levies serving under the
orders of that officer.
Telegram P., No. 52-D.S., dated the 17th November 1915.
From -The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political
Department, Delhi,
To—His Britannic Majesty’s Consul, Sistan.
Baluch sowars and riflemen. Please see your telegram of 12th Novem
ber, No. 286-C. You may enlist up to 200 men. Estimate of cost should be
furnished as soon as possible. The assurance that the British Government will,
as far as possible, safeguard the Sirdars supplying the men and also the men
supplied, from the anger of the Persian Government may also be given by
Repeated to Tehran, sent to Sistan.
Telegram P., No. 53-D. S., dated the Nth November 1915.
From—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political
Department, Delhi,
To—His Britannic Majesty’s Consul for Sistan and Kain.
Hazaras. Please refer to your telegram of 12th November, No. 287-C.
You may recruit 50 more men.
Instructions for the issue of 150 L. E. rifles with 100 rounds apiece
were sent to Quetta arsenal on the 29fch October.
Repeated to Meshed and Tehran, addressed to Sistan.
Telegram P., No. 262, dated (and received) the Nth November 1914).
From—His Britannic Majesty’s Consul, Kerman,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Delhi.
There is nothing to report to-day.
Telegram P., No. 462-F^ dated the Nth (received 18th) November 1915.
From—His Britannic Majesty’s Minister, Tehran,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political
Department, Delhi.
Yesterday Russian Minister and I were invited to Palace for consultation
as to formation of Cabinet. The attitude of Ain-ed-Dowleh was most unsatis
factory, partly from jealousy of Farman Farma and partly from fear of
responsibility and he refused to accept any ministerial post in the Cabinet.
Farman Farma was selected eventually as Minister of the Interior and Ain-
ed-Dowleh entered Cabinet without portfolio. Other Ministers and President
of the Council remain as they were.

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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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