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CHAR 16/48A-B Official: War and Air: correspondence for WSC and Sir Archibald Sinclair [later 1st Lord Thurso, Personal Military Secretary to the Secretary State for War].

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CHAR 16/48B/169-173

Letter from WSC (War Office, Whitehall, SW1 [London]) to David Lloyd George about the situation in Mesopotamia [later Iraq] and Persia [later Iran] including: demands by [Lieutenant-General Sir Aylmer] Haldane [Commander-in-Chief, Mesopotamia] for troops and cavalry forces which cannot be met; WSC's suggestions for moving troops from India, Palestine, Constantinople [later Istanbul] and the Rhine; the need for troops in India; the difficulty of the position against the Bolsheviks in Persia; his frustration at having to "go on pouring armies and treasure into these thankless deserts"; negative press treatment of the government; alienation caused by the British civil administration in Mesopotamia and lack of confidence in Percy Cox [High Commissioner, Mesopotamia]. He ends with a note that he is going on holiday for a fortnight to the South of France. Signed typescript.

Annotated in red by WSC "Hold" and "Not sent".

5 folios
31 Aug 1920