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File 3443/1914 Pt 2 'German War: German emissaries to Afghanistan' [‎7v] (21/490)

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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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Repeated to Foreign, Sir P. Cox ; addressed to Tehran.
Telegram P., No. 712-C., dated the 21st (received 22nd) November 1915.
jr roni The Deputy Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. in 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. , Bushire,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Delhi.
Please see my telegram No. 70S-C. Darya Begi says telegrams to Kawam,
Soulet and Khans would carry more weight if they were signed by Ain-ud-Daula
instead of or in addition to Firman A Persian word meaning a royal order or decree issued by a sovereign, used notably in the Ottoman Empire (sometimes written ‘phirmaund’). Firma. Possibly Shah himself might be
induced to send some telegrams.
The “ National Committee ” referred to in my telegram No. 710-C.,
appears to be composed of Persian officers of gendarmerie assisted by German
I venture to suggest for consideration, since the whole business was
engineered by gendarmerie, whether it would not be advisable that His Imperial
Majesty the Shah should issue Rescripts ordering return to Shiraz of prisoners
and their reinstatement with all honour in their original places or their surren
der to us here, failing which Fars regiment of gendarmerie would be disbanded
forthwith. This would not, I imagine, induce gendarmerie to hand over prison
ers, or affect their own prospect much as anyhow they will not get much
pay. But I think it might make an impression on the people who are
inclined to be friendly or really neutral as it would deprive gendarmerie of
their official status and show clearly that by Persian Government their
actions are disavowed and generally discredit them.
In any case I think such orders would not do any harm speaking from
local point of view as the Fars regiment has evidently thrown in its lot with
the rebels, and if disbanded would lose strength as even if the Committee
retained their services many of the regiments of Native Cavalry would pro
bably drift back to their homes.
Repeated to Foreign, Sir P. Cox; addressed to Minister, Tehran.
Telegram R., No. 373-F., dated the 21st (received 22nd) November 1915.
From—His Britannic Majesty's Minister, Tehran,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political
Your telegram No. 708-C.
Persian Government who got authentic news of events of November 10th
at Shiraz from me yesterday were genuinely horrified.
Telegrams were at once drawn up as suggested by you and handed over
to me for transmission by our wire. Kawam-ul-Mulk is well taken to task
for not finding means to send news to Tehran and for allowing such things
to occur. He and others are told that reports as to war are purely fabrication
and that Persia is still neutral and relations with Great Britain and Russia
are most friendly. Soulet is enjoined to use every effort to remedy damage
I have addressed very strong note to Persian Government preparing them
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tor further action after receipt of instructions from His Majesty’s Govern-
Addressed to Bushire; repeated to India, Cox.

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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.

Extent and format
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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