OIL: Why Borneo Is Important

At Borneo's Tarakan Island last week Dutch oilfield engineers and technicians went ashore close behind the attacking Australians. With them they carried oilfield tools and equipment shipped under Lend-Lease from the U.S.

It was not by chance that the trained oilmen and their equipment were on hand for the Tarakan invasion. For more than a year they had quietly been gathering in the Southwest Pacific, where they stood by in readiness to join the first strike at any one of the oil-producing islands of the rich Netherlands East Indies. As the engineers waited, they watched with satisfaction the growing stockpile of...

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