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‘WAR DIARY. ARMY HEADQUARTERS, INDIA. […] I.E.F. “D”. Volume 37. PART I. (From 1st to 15th August 1917.)’ [‎128r] (260/488)

The record is made up of 1 volume (242 folios). It was created in 2 Jun 1917-15 Aug 1917. It was written in English. 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .


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(% No. 53265)
Letter No. 18475-1, dated dth August 1917.
(Received in War Section, 6th August 1917.)
From—The Chief of the General Staff, Simla,
To—The General Officer Commanding, Force “ D/ 5 Baghdad.
I am directed to inform you that in the course of a recent investigation
of certain complaints regarding the non-delivery and lateness of mails from
Mesopotamia, it has been suggested that the exigencies of the censorship exer
cised in the field may possibly account, to some extent, for the delays that have
The Director General of Posts and Telegraphs contemplates a visit to
Mesopotamia in October next, and would be glad if you would allow him to
discuss this point with the censorship staff during his tour.
Working copy to G. S. (M. 0. 3).
Copy to M. S. C., D. G. P. and T., G. S. (Censor).
Telegram P., No. 230-P. W., dated 4th August 1917. APPENDIX 85
(Despatched 5 p.m,, 4th August 1917; received 3-40 a.m., 5th August 1917.) {Dy. No. 53276)
(Received in War Section, 6th August 1917.)
From—The Secretary to the Government of Bombay From c. 1668-1858, the East India Company’s administration in the city of Bombay [Mumbai] and western India. From 1858-1947, a subdivision of the British Raj. It was responsible for British relations with the Gulf and Red Sea regions. , Political Department, Poona,
To—The Secretary to the Governmert of India in tbe Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Simla.
French Consul, Bombay, asked for landing permit and departure permit to
Basrah few days ago of Roux, French Vice-Consul, sent by French Foreign
Office to open Vice-Consulate at Baghdad. Basrah authorities, on being consult
ed, replied on August 3rd that matter had been referred to higher authority
and that permit for Basrah should not be given pending orders. Roux asked
for immediate permit on August 1st as steamer was to sail early the next day,
and on being asked to await reply from Basrah, expressed extreme astonishment
that French official should be interfered with and said that diplomatic compli*
cations would ensue. Permit was given and he sailed before receipt of the Basrah
telegram. We have informed Basrah.
Working copy to G. S. (M. 0. 1),
Copy to M. S. C., G. S. (M. 0. 3).
Telegram P., No. 49059-Cipher, dated 4th August 1917. APPENDIX 86
(Received 2-45 p.m., 6th August 1917.) (Ity. No. 53277)
From—The Director of Military Intelligence, London,
To—The General Officer Commanding, Force “ D.”
(Repeated Commander-in-Chief in India and General Officer Commanding, Egyptian Expedi
tionary Force.)
Following from Caucasus Military Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. , T. L.-215, August 2nd.
Deserters during July on Caucasus Front.
From corps and divisional troops 11. From Divisions—from 36th 10, from
37th 15, from 47th 1, from 1st 1, from 8th 2, from 5th 43. From 44th Infantry
Regimeut 2. From Caucasus regiments—from 18th 2, from 34th 3, from
33rd 18, from 13th 19, from 10th 13, from 30th 2, from 31st 5, from 2Gth 8,
from 17th 15, and from 28th 2. Total 172.
Note by War Office.—Me 44th Regiment Marsh is being asked. See my
telegram 37882 {My. No. 48180) re 31st (?) Caucasus Regiment. Though 10th
Caucasus Regiment seems to be still in line and 9th Caucasus Regiment not
On August 1st Marsh wired No. T. L.-211, prisoner 36th Regiment near
Kighi July 26th confirms presence 25 miles north of Pain of the 12th Division.
See my telegram 38552 {My. No. 51164) for 11th Division.
Working copy to G. S, (M. 0, 3).
Copy to M. S. C., G. S. (M. 0.1).

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The volume contains a chronological list of brief summaries of papers relating to the activities of the Indian Expeditionary Force D (also known as the Mesopotamia Expeditionary Force) between 1 and 15 August 1917. This is accompanied by appendices containing copies and extracts of these papers, which include: telegrams, memoranda, letters, and tables.

An index to the contents of this volume can be found at folios 3-15 and a summary of the contents can be found at folio 16. The volume concerns:

  • The supply of food, animals, construction materials, weapons, and other items to Force D
  • River and railway traffic in Mesopotamia
  • Railway construction in Mesopotamia
  • Arrivals to and departures from the port of Basra
  • Problems with the unloading of ships at Basra
  • Proposal for the transfer of men from the Disciplinary Labour Corps into a free Labour Corps
  • Discussion of British strategy in Mesopotamia, including current policy of securing control of the Baghdad Vilayet, and inability to take offensive action without Russian support
  • Recruitment of Arab prisoners of war in India ‘to serve the Sheriff [Sharīf] of Mecca’
  • Intelligence concerning movements of Turkish [Ottoman], German, and Austrian units
  • Intelligence concerning German construction of a railway ‘towards Mosul’
  • Discussion of the creation of a French Consulate at Baghdad
  • Financial administration of Force D and the territory occupied by the British in Mesopotamia
  • Proposal for forming a new division of Force D
  • Intelligence concerning Russian movements in the Caucasus and mutiny within the Russian army
  • Intelligence concerning Kurdish movements and attacks on Russian troops
  • Shortage of medical officers.

The volume also contains:

  • Distribution and composition of Force D including details of lines of communication, commanding officers, and units captured at Kut-al-Amarah [Al-Kut] (ff 3-36)
  • Distribution of Force D including details of lines of communication, 15 July 1917 (ff 123-127), 22 July 1917 (ff 216-220)
  • Distribution of the Turkish Army, 7 August 1917 (ff 147-148), 14 August 1917 (ff 226-227)
  • Detailed statement of ration strength of Force D on 30 June 1917 (ff 39-42), 7 July 1917 (ff 175-178)
  • Ammunition held and used by Force D, 29 July 1917 (ff 42-43), 4 August 1917 (ff 123-124)
  • Strength return of Force D dated 2 June 1917 (ff 45-61)
  • Ration strength of Force D on 14 July 1917 (ff 67-69), 21 July 1917 (ff 152-154), 28 July 1917 (ff 234-236)
  • Report of number of pilots and aircraft available for service in Mesopotamia, 2 August 1917 (ff 81-82), 9 August 1917 (f 179)
  • Two diaries of information from 7 July 1917 (ff 90-107) and 21 July 1917 (ff 193-194) covering: climate and floods; local produce; Inland Water Transport; medical affairs; military government; the Directorate of Works; the YMCA in Baghdad; and the crash of a German plane
  • Weekly return of sick and wounded for the week ending 14 July 1917 (f 114) and 21 July 1917 (ff 187-188).
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1 volume (242 folios)

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

Physical characteristics

Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at the front cover with 1 and terminates at the inside back cover with 242; 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. An additional foliation sequence is also present in parallel between ff 3-240; these numbers are printed and are located in the bottom centre of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio.

Dimensions: 21 x 33cm

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‘WAR DIARY. ARMY HEADQUARTERS, INDIA. […] I.E.F. “D”. Volume 37. PART I. (From 1st to 15th August 1917.)’ [‎128r] (260/488), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/MIL/17/5/3282, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 13 July 2024]

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