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File 3443/1914 Pt 3 'German War: Afghanistan and Persia; German agents; British troops in East Persia' [‎17v] (43/345)

The record is made up of 1 volume (167 folios). It was created in 10 Nov 1915-5 Jun 1916. 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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Teleo-ram P., Xo. S. H. 28, dated the 2nd April 1916.
From—The General Officer Commanding, Sistan, Robat,
To—The Chief of the General Staff, Simla.
Continuation of my No. S. 527. Distribution of Sistan Levies is as
ws r—
(A) Honemen —
(B) Camel sotoan—
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West of Hamun-i-Helmund
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Dehaneh Baghi
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Girdi and Trade route
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Nasratabad ...
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(In district 12.)
Addressed Chief, General Staff, Simla; repeated General Staff, Quetta.
Telegram P., No. 80 C., dated the 6th (received 7th) April 1916.
From— Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Percy Syk|s, K.C.I.E., C.M.G., Bunder Abbas,
To—The Secretary to the Government of Inc|ia in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Simla (repeated Tehran, Bushjre and Sistan).
Please see your telegram No. 5 S.* Success of Kawam at Lar has changed
* 0 . . X7 situation profoundly. It is also reported
senai No. 116 . that Germans have fled from Kerman.
As Kawam declined to Minister and to Cox to await my arrival and to be
openly associated with us and as Government lof India decided that it was
inadvisable to press the matter, I did not visit Kawam.
As regards the present position, I am recruiting as fast as I can handle
men and opening up relations in every direction. That a police force can he
raised there is every reason to believe. In this Respect appointment of Parman
Parma to Kerman is of immense importance.
In view of the instructions from the Home | authorities which, were issued,
however, before recent favourable turn of events, it is my strong recommend
ation that the recruit(s ?) infantry and artiller| instructors, guns, &c., be left
at Bunder Abbas, if mission be first employed attack Germans and rebels.
Mounted men cannot be enlisted locally and I should then have balance
of 35 Indian Sabres available. Mounted section machine guns, squadron of
cavalry and 100 infantry would he required to increase this escort. Unless
considerable time for training is available, machine guns without trained
personnel are useless.
, ^ this escort I can either support Kawam or join Parman Fartna
taking with me in either case the 500 rifles and 250,000 rounds of ammu
nition alieady with me. Please see my telegram of the Ith April, No. C. 28,
in this connection.
As is recommended in the similar case of Sistan, tlie above troops would
furnish stiffening to mounted irregulars and wduld probably be sufficient to
ensure success in conjunction with Persian authorities. Upon arrival of
increased escorts orders would be given to me aijcording to actual state of

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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 November 1915 and April 1916. 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 Consulate, Seistan and Kain; and the Government of India.

The volume contains a single folio in French (f 164), a communication from the National Committee for the Protection of the Independence of Persia.

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 (167 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 165; 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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