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File 3443/1914 Pt 2 'German War: German emissaries to Afghanistan' [‎9r] (24/490)

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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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{e) It seems probable that the earlier stories which reached me about
Afghan Agents buying up stocks of supplies in Sunni Khana
Tillages were incorrect not as regards the visits but as regards the
results. The Sunnis of the Julga (valley) do not wish to see any
Afghan force marching through their district mainly because it
was so badly devastated by locusts last June.
(/) The report which reached Mr. New that the Governor had issued
instructions for the arrest of Germans and other strangers was
incorrect. I particularly asked His Excellency if it was true,
and he has denied it saying that he had only impressed upon his
subordinates the necessity for prompt reports of such persons’
movements.
4. Mr. New has all this summer held an opinion about the Governor’s
sincerity and friendliness towards our Government more assured than my own,
and I must admit that His Excellency’s personal relations with all the English
in Birjand have been as pleasant of late as they were in the preceding years.
I am, however, more and more becoming converted to the view that his poli
tical sympathies are really with the Germans. In the first place he detests our
Allies the liussians, both on general and on personal grounds, and in the
second his most intimate associates, the two chief military officers and the
ex-Director of Kevenues, are undoubtedly pro-German. The soldiers
openly express their admiration for Germany, but the Finance officer
Seyid Mohsin who never discussed them in my presence, has probably
done the greatest mischief. He was doubtless sent to Birjand in the
Autumn of 1914 for the very purpose of alienating the Governor from our side.
It is rather a significant fact that when His Excellency was informed of the
British victory at Nut-al-Amarah he refrained from expressing a single word
of congratulation. He is not in my opinion benevolently neutral towards us
now, but I think that he considers himself still to be strictly and literally
neutral. If nut to any serious test I believe that he will show nis benevolence
to the other side.
Enclo. to Serial No. 106.
No. 152, dated Birjand, the 17th October 1915.
From— R. H New, Esq., His Britannic Majesty’s Vice-Consul, Brijand,
To— Major F. B. Prideaux, C.I.E., His Britannic Majesty’s Consul for Sistan and
Kain,
I have the honour to report that under your instructions I left Birjand on
the 21st September on tour in the Julgi-i-Sunni Khaneh and Zir Kuh districts,
to visit various villages through which the German party and Herr
Paschen passed, and ascertain the general impression they created in these
districts.
2. I was accompanied by 10 of your escort and 8 Persian and Afghan
levies. I also took my Mirza, Seyid Ghulam Roza and one Ghulam of the
Vice-Consulate.
3.
Halts were made at the following places visited on the dates noted •
2 let September Aliabad

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1st October
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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)
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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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