OIL: Sicilian Sidelight

When Lieut. General George S. Patton Jr.'s U.S. Seventh Army splashed up the beaches of Sicily, the innards of much of its motor equipment were protected from the sea with a thick, gummy substance that was the result of a near-miracle of production back home. Last week Standard Oil Co. (New Jersey) proudly let the miracle out of the bag.

Late one Friday, Army Ordnance telephoned Jersey Standard in Manhattan. Said Ordnance: General Dwight D. Eisenhower had just cabled, asking for immediate delivery of 45,000 lb. of a special water-repellent compound never before made in the U.S. Eisenhower had just heard...

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