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Percy Cox

Major General
Sir Percy Zachariah Cox
Nickname(s) Coccus (Kokkus)
Born (1864-11-20)20 November 1864
Harwood Hall, Herongate, Essex, England
Died 20 February 1937(1937-02-20) (aged 72)
Melchbourne, Bedfordshire, England
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
 British Indian Army
Years of service 1884 - 1923
Rank Major-General
Battles/wars Battle of Shaiba, 1914
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George
Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire
Knight Commander of the Order of the Star of India
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire

GCMG GCIE KCSI KBE (20 November 1864 – 20 February 1937) was a British Indian Army officer and colonial administrator in the Middle East. In the late 19th century and early 20th century, he was one of the major figures in the creation of Iraq. He was commonly known as Coccus (and as Kokkus to the Arabs).


  • Family and early life 1
  • British Somaliland and Muscat (1893-1903) 2
  • The Persian Gulf (1904-1919) 3
  • Mover and Shaker of Influence in Iraq 4
    • Personality and Appearance 4.1
    • Triumph and capture of Baghdad 4.2
  • Appointment as High Commissioner of Iraq and Iraqi Revolt (1920) 5
  • The 1921 Cairo Conference and the Crowning of King Faisal 6
  • Remaining Term as High Commissioner of Iraq, Ambassador in Baghdad (1920-1923) 7
  • Relationship with Gertrude Bell 8
  • Marriage and children 9
  • Retirement and Death 10
  • See also 11
  • References 12
  • Bibliography 13
    • Manuscripts 13.1
    • Newspapers 13.2
    • Primary sources 13.3
    • Secondary sources 13.4
    • GLOSSARY 13.5
  • External links 14

Family and early life

Cox was born in Harwood Hall, Herongate, Essex, the son of Arthur Zachariah and Julienne Emily Cox. He was educated initially at Harrow School where he developed interests in natural history, geography, and travel. In February 1884 the bookish but practical Cox, being his father's third son and therefore without significant inheritance, joined the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, and was commissioned as a Lieutenant into the Cameronians in February 1884, joining their 2nd Battalion in India. In November 1889, an outstanding planner, he transferred to the Bengal Staff Corps. On 14 November 1889 he married Louisa Belle Hamilton, later created a Dame, a daughter of the Irish-born Surgeon-General Sir John Butler Hamilton (1838-1902).

British Somaliland and Muscat (1893-1903)

After holding minor administrative appointments in Kolhapur and Savantvadi in India, Cox was posted to British Somaliland, which was then administered from India, as Assistant Political Resident at Zeila. He transferred to Berbera in 1894. He was promoted to captain in February 1895. In May 1895 he was given command of an expedition against the Rer Hared clan, which had blocked trade routes and was raiding the coast. With only 52 Indian and Somali regulars and 1,500 poor quality, untrained local irregulars, he defeated the Rer Hared in six weeks. Later that year 1895, he was promoted to be assistant to the Viceroy's agent in Baroda.

For 1899 he had intended to join the US expedition under A Donaldson Smith between the River Niles and Lake Rudolf, but fate intervened. In October 1899, the new Viceroy of India, Lord Curzon appointed Cox Political Agent and Consul at Muscat, inheriting a tense situation between the British, French and Arabs who regarded the area as under their influence, Sultan Feisal, the local ruler, and the French, who gave protection to the local slave trade (which the British opposed) and had leased a coaling station from Feisal for their navy. Feisal was ordered to board the British merchantman SS Eclipse, whose guns were trained on his palace. He was reprimanded and informed that his annual subsidy could be withdrawn by the British government.

Cox managed to successfully end French influence in the area; turning the subsidy around, and agreeing that Feisal's son could receive an education in England and visit the Delhi Durbar. When Lord Curzon, visited Muscat in 1903, he judged that Cox virtually ran the place. Cox was promoted to the rank of major on 6 February 1902.,[1] and was invested CIE; whereas Feisal was rewarded for loyalty with GCIE in Curzon's gift.

The Persian Gulf (1904-1919)

In June 1904, Major Cox was appointed first British Acting Political Resident in the Persian Gulf and Consul-General for the Persian provinces of Fars, Lurestan and Khuzestan and the district of Lingah, residing in the Persian side of the gulf at the city of Bushire. Five years later he was confirmed as Resident, a post which he occupied highly successfully until 1914, when he was appointed Secretary to the Government of India. British forces were called into Bushehr in 1909, and then again to Shiraz in 1911. He promised Sheikh Khazal of Muhammarah that troops would protect when the Turks threatened to invade. Khazaal leased the Shatt al-Arab waterway on the Euphrates to the Anglo-Persian Oil company for the construction of refineries. Among his other achievements while at Bushire was the establishment of the state of Kuwait as an autonomous kaza within the Ottoman Empire by the Anglo-Ottoman Convention of 1913, where he improved relations with local ruler, Mubarak, by opening negotiations with Ibn Saud, the Wahabi ruler of Nejd. He was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel in February 1910. Cox promoted trade in the Persian Gulf which doubled between 1904 and 1914, suppressed the illegal arms trade; and improved communications. In 1911 he was created KBE.

Shortly after his return to India, Sir Percy was sent back to the Persian Gulf as Chief Political Officer with the Indian Expeditionary Force when war broke out in August 1914. The Turks had already signed a treaty in London on July 29, 1913 on the Persian Gulf Littoral. Cox noted their "instractability" warning the Foreign Office about the "increased authority of the Wahhabi Chief."[2] Capt Shakespear's letter had passed via Riyadh to the Suez Canal in which his secret War-camp negotiations with Ibn Sa'ud, had revealed his deep hatred of the Turks. They visited him with emissaries and promises of an Islamic Jehad to crush the British and seize Mesopotamia. But Sa'ud's mortal enemy Ibn Rashid was in the Turkish coalition. Cox sent his deputy to protect Sa'ud whose army was attacked at the Battle of Jarrab on January 19, 1914. Shakespear was in command of the artillery when charged down and killed in the melee. Sir Pecry received immediate authorisation to draft a Treaty of Khufaisa with the Wahhabi ruler with the aim of forming a broader Arab alliance.[3]

Cox was Secretary to the Government of India, its chief civil servant, and third in order of precedence.[4] He was despatched to the Gulf as Chief Political Officer with the rank of Honorary Major general. The arrival of Nixon from Simla was "shabby...jobbing" as the military build-up enclosing India's plan to capture Baghdad troubled the veteran political time-servers, morally responsible to humanity and to civilization.[5] For want of a more bland administration, Cox complained to Viceroy Lord Curzon that Barrett, whom Nixon replaced, had not wanted to go to Amara in a policy of annexation.[6]

During 1915 he saw action with Major-General Charles Townshend's expeditionary force. Throughout the Great War Cox masterminded the Imperial relationship with Turkic Mesopotamia/Iraq. By December 1915, Townshend's division had been defeated at Battle of Ctesiphon and retreated to be besieged in Kut al-Amara. Cox left with Brigadier Leachman's cavalry brigade sent back to Basra. General Townshend came to hate "this accursed country"; fly-blown. Historians point to his brilliant defence of the Fort at Chitral on the North-West Frontier in 1895, as evidence of suitability for appointment. Townshend, although promised a relief Force from Nixon, knew that it was an unrealistic prospect. Although substantial redoubts were constructed during September to December 1915, the cross-river route remained vulnerable to attack.[7] Townshend blamed Cox for the failure to evacuate civilians in time. Cox was firmly against exposing them to the winter cold. In this assessment he was supported by Sir Arnold Wilson who wrote that a general was not competent to judge what protection civilians needed.[8] On reflection Cox suggested that the 500 departing unit should turn back; but Colonel Leachman told him the roads being drenched and muddy were impassable. These men had left on 6 December to be transported downriver to safety. 2,000 would-be fit cavalry men and officers remained behind with the infantry.[9]

Mover and Shaker of Influence in Iraq

Still aged only twenty-five Cox had travelled in the Middle East. In 1915 he was sent by the British army to negotiate: On 6 October he met Leachman at Aziziyeh to discuss how to free Baghdad.[10] An emissary was sent into the city to see Nuri al-Said. The Iraqi commander in the pay of the Ottomans was responsible to Dyavid Pasha, one of the Young Arabs whose coup d'état had seized power in Constantinople/Istanbul. Cox was deeply sceptical about "conciliating with the Arabs."[11] Nuri's Basra Reform Society were negotiating with Cox when the British appointed the violent and intemperate Sayyid Talib[12] as Governor of the province. He was eager to work with the Imperial forces, but was deeply unpopular with local Shias. Cox ordered Talib and Nuri to be arrested; they were promptly deported to prison in India for treasonous attempts to stir up revolt. The general turned statesman-diplomat disapproved of army plans to extend the autonmous region; advising against plans to invade into the interior, which he knew to be fraught with dangers. In January 1915, Sir John Nixon's appointment to head a new division with orders from Shimla encouraged the diplomat to draft a similar text for General Nixon that launched the fateful mission to Kut al-Amara.[13] "This would create endless problems for Great Britain..." wrote Gerard Leachman in March 1915, explorer, traveller from India.

In a surprise attack upriver on Qurna before Midnight on 6 December 1914, Commander Nunn and a small fleet managed to link up with Brigadier Fry's units of the 45th to force the Turk to surrender. By land and by sea a typical pincer movement in combined operations enabled only 45 officers and 989 men to take a garrison of 4,000 men. At 1.30 pm on 9 December, Sir Percy and Fry took the formal handover from Head of Vilayet, Vali of Basra, Subhi Bey. Cox was not one for sentimentality: but the Turkic rulers had been guilty of several barbarisms: stoning women, and severing thieves hands off; traitors and spies were buried up to their necks in sand.

Personality and Appearance

In his capacity as the senior Foreign Office official, Cox received secret intelligence reports on Ottoman troop movements. In January 1915 he was alerted to the Bani Lam and Bani Turuf tribes mobilising for war, declaring Jehad in Persia. Cox was confident that "Qurna was strong" and would hold against an assault.[14] It was imperative to protect the oil pipelines into the Gulf at Abadan;[15] the government ordered a brigade to this duty. Cox was well aware from his own experiences of the vulnerability of the frontier. He was highly respected as a quick, efficient, tireless and energetic soldier-diplomat, as well as being incorruptible. He held a genuine interest in local people, the Arabs and Persians, and was a shrewd and patient listener. As a politician he was a good speaker of Arabic and Turkish. But he knew when to shut up: he kept silent often in the Bedu presence, yet knew when to speak up, which impressed the Arab sensibilities. He was tall and thin with a crooked nose, gained from an early football injury, possibly against Eton. To Gertrude Bell he became an indispendable and close friend; whom she fondly admired.

By 1914, Cox was a champion of Arab nationalism, working closely with [18]

Triumph and capture of Baghdad

Cox's main priority was to protect and prevent Ibn Saud from joining the Turkish side in the war. He met the Arab Sheikh at Hasa Oasis where a Treaty was signed guaranteeing a subsidy of £5,000 per month. Cox knew that Sir Mark Sykes was the champion of Sharif Husein, a rival candidate for the desert kingdoms. The delicate diplomatic balance arose as General Maude took Baghdad in March 1917;[19] and Allenby Jerusalem that December. Taking part in the campaigns in Mesopotamia and Palestine, he was promoted to Honorary Major-General in May 1917. During this time he established strong relations with Ibn Saud, the powerful ruler of the Nejd, with whom he had already had dealings while Resident, and when he gained the nickname Kokus.[20] For the next year Cox was of central importance to the Government of Baghdad, living in a large house where he entertained high society Sheikhs; the arrival of Fahad Bey, Sheikh of Amareh and others instilled confidence in the British Residency. On September 8, 1918 he visited Tehran, for the first time. The negotiations largely completed Cox was installed as Britain's first ambassador at Tehran in November 1918.[21] At the end of hostilities with the Ottoman Empire, Cox was appointed Acting Minister in Tehran, negotiating the Anglo-Persian Agreement. That winter he returned to Europe, attending the Versailles Peace Conference in 1919.

Appointment as High Commissioner of Iraq and Iraqi Revolt (1920)

Following the Iraqi Revolt of 1920, British colonial administrators felt a more effective and cheaper method to rule the area would be to create an Iraqi government in which British influence was less visible. It was in this environment that Sir Percy Cox took up residence in Baghdad as the first High Commissioner under the Iraqi Mandate, travelling via Kut el-Amara.[22] Later, reflecting on Britain’s new policy and the difficulties involved, Cox wrote to Lady Bell,

The task before me was by no means an easy or attractive one. The new line of policy which I had come to inaugurate involved a complete and necessarily rapid transformation of the facade of the existing administration from British to Arab and, in the process, a wholesale reduction in the numbers of British and British-Indian personnel employed.[23]

Acting as High Commissioner, Cox collaborated with former Ottoman officials and tribal, sectarian, and religious leaders and oversaw the creation of a largely Arab provisional government, or “Council of State,” with the purpose of seeing the young country through the turbulent period following the revolt. Cox selected as president the (Sunni) religious leader Abd al-Rahman al-Kaylani, the Naqib of Baghdad. Council members were culled from local elites whom Cox felt could be relied upon to support the British agenda.[24] The satisfactory functioning of this interim government allowed Cox to attend the Cairo Conference, convened by the new Colonial Secretary Winston Churchill in 1921.[25]

The 1921 Cairo Conference and the Crowning of King Faisal

Among the points Cox considered salient coming into the 1921 Cairo Conference was the reduction of British spending in Iraq and the selection of a ruler for the country. To satisfy the first item, Cox proposed a plan to cut immediately expenditure and withdraw troops from Mesopotamia. On the question of who should rule Iraq, Cox considered the best option to be one of the sons of the Sharif of Mecca, with whom the British had a special relationship during the war due to promises made during the McMahon–Hussein Correspondence. At the conference, the Sherif’s son Faisal emerged as the preferred choice, with Cox noting that Faisal’s military experience in the First World War as well as his vast political skills made him the most qualified to raise an army and rule Iraq effectively.[26] Cox would later write that the decision in favour of Faisal was "easiest to arrive at . . . by the process of elimination,” reasoning that local candidates for the throne would split the support of the major parties in Iraq while Faisal, as a result of his experience and his respected family name, would enjoy the “general if not the universal support of inhabitants.”[27] After arranging an election of sorts of Faisal's asking, Cox would go on to proclaim Faisal as King of Iraq on 23 August 1921 in Baghdad,[28] upon which event the provisional cabinet formed by Cox resigned.[29]

...For some time past letters have been passing between Sir Percy and Ibn Saud The Conquest of Hayil by the latter in November makes his frontiers continuous with the Iraq. Sir Percy is anxious to arrange a treaty between him and Faisal.[30]

For his remaining years as the High Commissioner of Iraq, Cox continued to greatly influence Iraqi government and events in the country, using his power behind the throne to advise and put pressure on Faisal where necessary, including lavish festivities. On 2 June 1922, King Faisal's court was entertained at the High Commissioner's residency in Baghdad to celebrate the royal birthday.[31] In his subsequent eulogy on his friend Gertrude's death, Cox recalled that 'On 20 April 1923 a treaty was signed with Turkey with proviso that "Nothing in this Protocol shall prevent a fresh agreement from being concluded...and negotiations shall be entered into between them before expiration of the above period." The parenthesis did not preclude the uncovering and exposure of the fraudulent Protocols of the Elders of Zion, later used by the Nazis, which International Jewry explicitly refuted. Yet the San Remo Treaty with Turkey included explicit acceptance of the British Mandate of Palestine - the Zionist home land.[32]

Remaining Term as High Commissioner of Iraq, Ambassador in Baghdad (1920-1923)

King Feisal's election had been confirmed by referendum in July 1921. British executive officers were removed from power. On 23 August 1922, King Faisal was struck with appendicitis and rendered unable to rule for several weeks. At this moment, a debate was raging over the nature and extent of British control over Iraqi affairs through treaty obligations. In perhaps the boldest action of his political career, Cox seized control and instituted direct British rule. Cox, in effect, became acting King of Iraq and undertook such measures as jailing and transporting those hostile to foreign intervention; silencing opposition parties and media; and even ordering the bombing of tribal insurgents.[33] Interpretation of these events varies greatly depending on the source: John Townsend writes that Cox’s actions “demonstrated British infallibility, illusory though it might have been” and that what transpired amounted to “perhaps [Cox’s] greatest single achievement.”[34] Ahmad Shikara is not as kind, calling Cox’s measures “severe and unpopular” and noting that Faisal himself held “strong objections to the High Commissioner’s actions.”[35] Cox’s own account conflicts, as he writes that not only were his actions necessary for the stability of the state, but that Faisal, upon recovery, “thanked me cordially for the action taken during the interregnum.”[36] Whatever the case, Cox’s actions succeeded in preserving the status quo for the British, and Faisal resumed his rule in September after being a reluctant signatory to a twenty-year treaty.[37]

The remainder of Cox’s term as High Commissioner was spent negotiating the Anglo-Iraqi Treaty, years 1921 and 1922, which established "the infant State of Iraq".[38] Faisal’s objection to the British Mandate of Iraq and his insistence on formal independence necessitated a fine diplomatic touch. Britain wished to keep its interests alive in Iraq while at the same time appearing to have no control over its government. To this end, Cox negotiated the Anglo-Iraqi Treaty, which forced many of the original terms of the Mandate system on Iraq but which avoided the term “mandate” and granted British protection to Faisal against rivals such as Ibn Saud. This treaty was signed on 10 October 1922; but not before an incident in August in the Palace grounds that amounted to an attempted Coup d'état against the High Commissioner. In his absence the Naqib of Baghdad had signed a number of complaints for opponents. They were immdediately arrested for treason. Shortly thereafter, Cox utilized his good relationship with Ibn Saud at Uqair to establish the boundaries between the Saudi kingdom, Iraq, and Kuwait in order to ensure that Britain would not have to defend Iraq from the Saudis.[39] He was appointed GCMG.

In her letters, the famed adventurer, archaeologist, and author Gertrude Bell writes of the effectiveness of Cox’s diplomacy: “Ibn Saud is convinced that the future of himself and his country depends on our goodwill and that he will never break with us. In point of fact the treaty is on exactly the lines that Sir Percy stipulated.”[40] This was to be Cox’s final significant act as High Commissioner of Iraq, as he retired on 4 May 1923 and was succeeded by Sir Henry Dobbs, High Commissioner to the Kingdom of Iraq till 1929.[41]

Relationship with Gertrude Bell

Throughout his career in Iraq, Cox was in close connection with his aforementioned colleague Gertrude Bell. Their relationship seems unambiguously to be one of mutual admiration and respect. In her writing, Bell describes Cox as possessing an “air of fine and simple dignity,” praising his “kindness and consideration,” and claiming that his disposition towards her amounted to “an absurd indulgence.” Bell also describes Cox’s political and diplomatic prowess, calling him “a master hand at the game of politics.” She notes the respect that he enjoyed with the peoples of Iraq and when writing about Cox’s dealings with Ibn Saud even declares, “It's really amazing that anyone should exercise influence such as his...I don't think that any European in history has made a deeper impression on the Oriental mind.” Cox, for his part, returns this respect, referring to Bell’s “indefatigable assistance”. He the greater degree to which Gertrude enjoyed my confidence and I her devoted co-operation, a co-operation which I know from my successor she rendered with the same singleness of purpose for him - Sir Henry Dobbs that is.[42]

Marriage and children

Lady Cox (Belle Hamilton Cox) was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 1923 Birthday Honours.

The Coxs' only son, Derek, was killed in action in 1917 (although he left a son)[43] and their only daughter died at birth.

Retirement and Death

After Cox's departure from Baghdad, he was never again employed in any official position by the British government, but served as a delegate to several conferences. Cox devoted much of the rest of his life to the Royal Geographic Society, serving as its president from 1933 to 1936.[44]

Sir Percy Cox died suddenly while out Lord Luke, he was already dead. The coroner recorded a verdict of heart failure.[45]

See also


  1. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27428. p. 2795. 25 April 1902.
  2. ^ H Philby, "Arabian Jubilee" London 1952, p.34
  3. ^ Philby, p.41
  4. ^ behind the Viceroy and Commander-in-Chief Forces, India at Simla; a role Sir Henry Wilson and CIGS Lord Robertson took away from Lord Hardinge
  5. ^ C Townshend, "When God made Hell", p.72
  6. ^ Townshend, p.73
  7. ^ Major Hugh Sandes, "Diary: In Kut", pp.132-136
  8. ^ Philip Graves, "Cox", p.196; Wilson, "Loyalties", p.92
  9. ^ H V F Winstone, "Leachman: O/C Desert" p.160
  10. ^ Townshend, p.140
  11. ^ Townshend, "When God Made Hell", (2010), p.57
  12. ^ Not surprisingly, the Talib-an get their name from the followers of this Pro-Turkish, Pro-German, anti-British leader
  13. ^ according to historian Charles Townshend, the originator was probably the intellectual and skilful career diplomat and not the troubled General
  14. ^ Townshend, p.67
  15. ^ Lord Crewe to Lord Hardinge, 12 March 1915
  16. ^ Townshend, p.250
  17. ^ Gertrude Bell to Florence Bell, Basrah, March 17, 1916, in Letters, vol.1, p.
  18. ^ Gertrude to Herbert Bell, Basrah, April 16, 1916, Letters, vol.1, p.376
  19. ^ "I had a letter from Sir Percy to-day, from the Front, full of exaltation and confidence". (Gertrude to Herbert Bell , March 10th 1917, Letters, vol.1,p.399)
  20. ^ "The word Kokus is rapidly passing into Arabic language, not as a name but as a title. You are a Kokus, just as once upon a time you were a Chosroes or a Pharaoh" (Gertrude to Herbert Bell, June 8, 1917, Letters, vol.2, p.414
  21. ^ see Letter from Gertrude to Herbert Bell, Baghdad, November 28th, 1918, ...they [Persians] want Sir Percy as High Commissioner...they trust Sir Percy...."
  22. ^ Tripp, Charles, A History of Iraq, p.44.
  23. ^ Bell, Gertrude. The Letters of Gertrude Bell. Ed. Lady Bell. Vol. 2. New York: Boni And Liveright, 1927. Project Gutenberg Australia. Sept. 2004. .
  24. ^ Simon, Reeva S., and Eleanor H. Tejirian, eds. Creation of Iraq, 1914-1921, p.31.
  25. ^ Bell, Letters, II, p.600
  26. ^ "First Meeting of the Political Committee. 12 March 1921." Proc. of Conference on Middle Eastern Affairs, Cairo.
  27. ^ Bell.
  28. ^ Townsend, John. "Some Reflections on the Life and Career of Sir Percy Cox, G.C.M.G., G.C.I.E., K.C.S.I." Asian Affairs 24 (1993).
  29. ^ Bell.
  30. ^ Gertrude to Florence Bell, Baghdad, Oct 17th 1921, Letters, vol.2, p.638
  31. ^ Gertrude to Herbert Bell, Letters, vol.2, p.639-640
  32. ^ extract Protocol IX, The Protocols of the Wise Men of Zion, pp.156-158, 163. - The Protocol IX tried to imply a 'carve-up' of Palestinian territory in which the principle was implicitly agreed to in 1914 by British High Commissioner Sir Herbert Samuel, whilst simultaneously deliberately attributing anti-Semitism as a means of control and for the separate existence of Jews.
  33. ^ Tripp, p.52
  34. ^ Townsend, p.
  35. ^ Shikārah, Aḥmad Abd al-Razzāq. Iraqi politics, 1921-41 the interaction between domestic politics and foreign policy (London: LAAM, 1987), p.39
  36. ^ Bell.
  37. ^ R Pearce, 'Sir Bernard Bourdillon', (1987), p.69
  38. ^ R Coke, "The Heart of the Middle East" (1925), p.308
  39. ^ Fromkin, David. Peace to End All Peace: Creating the Modern Middle East, 1914-1922. (New York: H. Holt, 1989) 509-10.
  40. ^ Bell.
  41. ^ Sir Henry Robert Conway Dobbs, KCMG KCIE (1871-1934)
  42. ^ Sir Percy Cox's Letter, Letters of Gertrude Bell, vol.2, p.504-541
  43. ^ Sir Percy Cox's obituary, The Times, 22 February 1937
  44. ^ Townsend.
  45. ^ Townsend.



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  • BL Add MS - Additional Manuscript collection of the British Library
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