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File 3443/1914 Pt 2 'German War: German emissaries to Afghanistan' [‎11r] (28/490)

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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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Telegram P., No. 279-C., dated (and received) the 4th November 1915.
From—His Britannic Majesty's Consul, Sistan,
To —The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Delhi.
Please refer to my telegram No. 271-C., dated the 29th October—it was
sent. in the belief that war was imminent. The British Minister at Tehran
had just informed me that he had asked for permission to present an ultimatum
to the Persian Government. Orders had also been sent to me to destroy
Cypher Code f< P In event of a similar crisis recurring and developing
unfavourably the Officer Commanding column and I have no clear orders as to
what we should do.
The Baluch Sardars of Sistan are, I believe, inimical to the present
Governor Shaukat-ul-Mulk and thoroughly disloyal to the Persian Government.
If they were assured that they would not be punished at the termination of the
war or if we announced our intention of annexing the province they will side
with us. Though really preferring British rule to that of either Afghanistan
or Persia they would desert us if Afghanistan also entered the war on the side
of our enemies.
If Baluch Sardars join us and Afghanistan remains neutral our position
here would be secure until Germans and Turks arrive in force, but if jehad
is taken up at once by the Afghans we should, I think, have to make as quickly
as possible for British territory hardly waiting for the contingent at Birjand
who perhaps would do better to go to Meshed and join the Russians.
Telegraphic communication would presumably be cut on or even before
the outbreak of hostilities
Repeated to Tehran and addressed to Government of India.
2
Telegram P., No. 234, dated (and received) the 4th November 1915.
From—His Britannic Majesty’s Consul at Kerman,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political
Department, Delhi.
(Repeated Bushire, Tehran, Sistan and Baluchistan.)
The Germans are engaging camels and there are signs that they are getting
ready to make a move. The return of their mules from Yezd with Bidak and
Bohnstorff is expected by them.
I have reason to believe that they will travel to Neh through Dehi Salm by
unfrequented routes. They do not trust the Nahruis but trust Jahil and
Jihend.
3
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Telegram P., dated the 4th (received 5th) 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 arrival at Ispahan from Baghdad of 24 Indians is reported. Four of
them appear to be leaders. To-morrow some of them leave for Shiraz it is
believed.
- v- i on 15 t J l b with
i
h.JIA FOREIGN SECRETARY’S
Letter. No. LI

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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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English and French in Latin script
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