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‘WAR DIARY. ARMY HEADQUARTERS, INDIA. […] I.E.F. “D”. Volume 38. Pt 1 & 2. (From 1st to 30th September 1917).’ [‎487r] (978/1000)

The record is made up of 1 volume (496 folios). It was created in 28 Jul 1917-30 Sep 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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18 barley, gram 1,840, oals 4,200 please give preference to last , b ™"
,60 bhoosa or hay 1,300. Gallons oflimejuice 20,000, my 1708 of 8th
September (Dy. No. 61238). Dozens of matches 50°,000, Cigarettes Indian
26 000 000. Order urgently (urgency?) sugar, matches, atta, ghi, flour, nee, ex
pedhe first two. This demand cancels all previous demands Derfland for medma
comforts being sent separately. From now onwards monthly st:an a ora ® rs
will he raised by letter at end of each month as suggested in your letter 30 55
VQ.M G.C 6 ) of .st August (Dy. No. 52527). Last ship included Jeddah-
Demand totals 41,400 tons in accordance with allotment. Of 10,700 tons a t
ted to rations, 500 tons has been apportioned to Medical Comforts and standing
monthly orders.
Working copy to Q M.G.
Copy to M.S.C., D.M.S.
Telegram P., No. 42213-Cipher-S. D.-2, dated 29th September 1917.
(Despatched 6-55 P.M., received 10 A M., 30th September 1917-)
From—The Secy., War Office, London
To—The G. O. C., Force “ D,’ , Baghdad.
(Repeated C.-in-C., in India, Simla.)
Your X.-3855 of 28th (Dy. No. 65829).
Field troop should be Sappers and Miners if they can be
from India. Machine Gun Squadron should te all British.
(Dy. No. 66180)
Telegram P., No. 411229-Cipher, dated 28th
(Despatched ? received 12-30 P.M., 30th Septem 9 70
From— The C. I G. S., London,
To—The Commander-in-Chief in India, Simla. , . .
action as is considered necessary. .
Reference to my 404*8 of August 30th (Dy. No ^ 57 ^
now consider that while Roux is acting as official agent of trench Govern
he should be allowed to send cipher telegrams.
Working copy to G.S. (M.O. l).
Copy to M.S.C., G.S. (M.O. 3)*
found locally or
(Dy. No. 66182)
Working copy to A.G., G.S. (S.D. 3).
Copy to M.S.C., G.S. (M.O. 1), Q.M.G., D.G.M.W.
Word Code Telegram No. A.-2570, dated 29th September 1917.
(Despatched 9-30 A.M , 29th September 1917. received 12-30
P.M., 30th September 1917.) „ _ , . ,
From— The General Officer Commanding, Force “D, Baghdad,
To The Chief of the General Staff, Simla.
Your telegram 64624, September 24th. . , ,
Duration of war is unattractive to unskilled labourers. Suggest a period of
r year as I substkute and bonus remain the same. Is subord.nate graded staff
included under civilian ? labour.
Working copy to A.G. ^ nr ^
Copy M.S.C., G.S. (S.D. 3)1 Q-M.G.

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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 30 September 1917. This is accompanied by appendices containing copies and extracts of these papers, which include: letters, telegrams, notes, reports, tables, and memoranda. An index to the contents of this volume and a summary of the contents can be found at IOR/L/MIL/17/5/3282. The volume concerns:

  • Appreciations [reports] and intelligence summaries from the Directorate of Military Operations dated 2 September 1917 (ff 59-61); 9 September (ff 159-161); 16 September (ff 253-254); 23 September (ff 339-341); 30 September (ff 494-496)
  • Two diaries of information dated 18 August (ff 181-182) and 15 August (ff 219-220) covering climate and floods
  • Reinforcements for Force D, including supplies of medical officers, horses, mules, Chinese artisans, and remounts
  • Movements of Turkish [Ottoman] and Russian troops
  • Reports from the Royal Flying Corps of machines in service and pilots available
  • Staff appointments for Force D, particularly in command of heavy artillery
  • Railway construction and management
  • Surrender of a Turkish detachment at Diwaniyah [Ad Diwaniyah]
  • The administration of Mesopotamia
  • Views on a combined British and Russian offensive
  • A proposed local cultivation scheme
  • The removal of certain vessels from the list of hospital ships
  • Trade between India and Baghdad
  • The possibility of finding a new ‘Eyewitness’ reporter to replace Edmund Candler
  • A proposed re-organisation of the Directorate of Port Administration and Conservancy
  • A discussion of timing shipping from India to avoid congestion
  • The search for a suitable officer to act as irrigation adviser for Sir Percy Cox
  • Changes in the staffing of the Turkish army
  • The unsuitability of the Chinese artisans and their return to India
  • The provision of Ford vans in place of mules
  • Information concerning General Erich von Falkenhayn’s army.

The following tables appear:

  • Distribution and composition of Force D, including details of: lines of communication; general organisation; and names of General Officers and Brigade Commanders (ff 19-30)
  • Enemy material captured from 1 April to 30 June 1917 (ff 43-48)
  • Weekly return of the sick and wounded dated 11 August 1917 (ff 68-69), 18 August (ff 77-78), 25 August (ff 132-133), 8 September (ff 412-413), 1 September (ff 418-419)
  • Ration strength of Force D on 4 August 1917 (ff 81-87), 18 August (ff 116-120), 25 August (ff 211-215, 437-443), 11 August (ff 234-241), 1 September (ff 288-291, 459-465), 18 September (ff 376-383), 8 September (ff 419-423)
  • State of supplies on 1 September 1917 (ff 87-89, 109-110), 8 September (ff 186-189), 15 September (ff 270-272), 22 September (ff 362-365), 2 September (ff 409-410)
  • Distribution of the Turkish army on 4 September 1917 (ff 94-96), 11 September (ff 191-194, 202-204), 18 September (ff 278-281), 25 September (ff 367-370)
  • Distribution of Force D on 19 August 1917 (ff 101-108)
  • Monthly distribution report of motor vehicles 1 August 1917 (ff 399-405)
  • Strength return for Force D 28 July 1917 (ff 466-485).
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1 volume (496 folios)

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

Physical characteristics

The foliation sequence commences at the front cover with 1 and terminates at the inside back cover with 498; 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 3-496; 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 38. Pt 1 & 2. (From 1st to 30th September 1917).’ [‎487r] (978/1000), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/MIL/17/5/3284, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 4 October 2023]

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