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File 3443/1914 Pt 2 'German War: German emissaries to Afghanistan' [‎6r] (18/490)

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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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Commanding, but on the understanding that Mr. Medcalf is not required to
tour along the telegraph line until the telegraph staff at Sistan is reinforced
by at least two more men if possible.
In this connection please refer to my telegram No. 295-C. of to-day. The
Army Department |would not I presume in the special circumstances of the case
require Mr. Dormer to undergo one month’s training in India with British
Repeated to Tehran and addressed to Government of India.
Telegram No. 2240-W., dated the 20th November 1915.
From—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political
Department, Delhi,
To—The Deputy Director General, Telegraphs, Traffic, Calcutta.
Central Persian telegraph line is apparently interrupted and is likely to
remain so for some time. Consequently heavy traffic will be inevitable on line
via Robat, Sistan and Meshed and staffs will require reinforcement. Could you
send at once ten or twelve additional signallers to Quetta to proceed as soon as
escorts are available to Persia. They should report for orders to General
Officer Commanding, Quetta. Matter is most urgent.
Addressed Deputy Director General, Telegraphs, Traffic, Calcutta;
repeated Director, Indo-European Telegraph Department, 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. Section,
Telegram P., No. 266, dated (and received) the 20th 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.
(Repeated to Tehran, Sistan, Yezd and Bushire.)
This morning one German accompanied by 16 gendarmerie mounted on
mules and 15 of their own sowars left by the northern route ostensibly for
Telegram P., No. 467-F., dated (and received) the 20th 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.
The Persian Government has intimated to the Russian Minister and me
that they are ready to enter into an alliance against Turkey, with us. I have
no accurate details yet but I understand, among other things, they will require
promise to defend Persia from possible Turkish attack by which (it ?) may
be understood that a promise of hundred thousand rifles and two hundred
guns, latter to be under orders, British and Russian officers will be required.
Six points mentioned in my telegram No. 442 will also be brought
forward for later discussion and possibly they may ask for some formal shares in
possession of Holy places in Mesopotamia, administration being left entirely
in our hands.

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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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