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File 3443/1914 Pt 5 'Persia: German agents' [‎3r] (12/395)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (188 folios). It was created in 1 Aug 1914-25 May 1920. It was written in English and German. 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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ii r 6.B6—C*
in the l?orei _n and I olitical Department, Simla*
dec . the 26th
huy 1920.
'.7i th ref nn ce* ire rr^
although the matter is rebelvin o constant attention tfe box
containing "Tagner 1 s papers is so shfelg guarded at j’eraJ^^^Lgpj
that our agent there is unable to do anything at r esent to
secure it* According to agent the room in which if is’keot is _
always locked and sealed and men by whom seals were affixed are!
required each time door bhsir not h&pj/l
been tamper ea wi^h» In Jdrm of the box being removed
from Herat, agent, who will continue to watdi box, mil notiiy ||
us immediately so that we may capture it on the way if posmbls' | i:
similarly should there be any change in the arrangements
making it possible to take action he will inform us at once.
Th© foregoing remarks are concurred in by General Le^slie#--'B
Sec's Letter
3 Ju/13 1920

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The volume contains correspondence regarding the movements and activities of the Central Powers in Persia [Iran] and Afghanistan between December 1916 and May 1920. The correspondence is particularly concerned with German agents captured in Persia and imprisoned in India, and with the retrieval of German papers left behind in Herat, Afghanistan.

The volume includes extracts from the diary of Walter Griesinger detailing the German mission to Afghanistan led by Oskar von Niedermayer in 1914-16. The primary correspondents are: Government of the German Empire; War Office; Directorate of Military Intelligence; British Consulate General, Meshed; Government of India.

The volume contains three items in German: a list of German military personnel active in Persia in February 1916 written by the German Military Attache, Tehran (ff 55-56); and two letters from the German Government relating to Niedermayer’s mission (ff 107 and 123-124).

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 (188 folios)

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the volume.

The subject 3443 (German War/Persia) consists of six volumes, IOR/L/PS/10/472-477. The volumes are divided into six parts, with each part comprising one 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 192; 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, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.The foliation sequence does not include the front and back covers, nor does it include the leading and ending flyleaves.

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English and German in Latin script
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