The Allies: A Problem of Pipe

To pump its burgeoning oil and gas production from new fields in the Caucasus and Urals, Russia has undertaken a 38,000-mile pipeline network, with two main legs: one westward from Kuibyshev near the Urals to power the factories of Russia's European satellites, the other thousands of miles through Siberia and on to the Pacific. Trouble is, Russia cannot produce all of the big-bore (up to 40 in.) pipe itself; so it has turned to capitalist manufacturers, mostly in West Germany and Italy, for 40% of the 2,500,000 tons of pipe it needs...

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