Committee of Imperial Defence: Defence of India Memoranda (D Series)

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Reference:CAB 6
Committee of Imperial Defence: Defence of India Memoranda (D Series)

This series consists of the printed papers or memoranda of the Committee of Imperial Defence (CID), concerned with the defence of India.

Subjects covered include the army in India, the Indian Territorial force, the threat of invasion and Indian Constitutional reform. Much discussion centred on concern for the strategic importance of the Indian railway system and its development, and the threat posed by Russian and Chinese railway networks.

Date: 1901-1939


Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Copies held at: to 1914 can be found in CAB 38.
Committee of Imperial Defence, Photographic copy of the papers of the
Former reference in its original department D Series
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Physical description: 6 volume(s)
Access conditions: Available in microform only
Accruals: No future accruals expected
Administrative / biographical background:

From the establishment of the Committee of Imperial Defence in 1902, it was the practice that as well as keeping full minutes of the meetings, the Secretary would keep and file separately memoranda for consideration by members. In 1908, at the 99th meeting of the CID, it was established that both minutes and memoranda circulated to the sovereign and to all who had been present at the meetings, would be returned to the secretary, apart from copies sent to officials who passed them on to their successors in office.

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