World Battlefronts, SUPPLY: Oil Can Lose the War

Allied experts who once boasted that oil would win the war began to realize last week that the oil may get into the wrong hands. It was a rude awakening.

Before Pearl Harbor the U.S. and Britain's fleets drew on the vast oil fields of the Western Hemisphere. Soviet Russia and the Armies of the Middle East had Baku and Batum. Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore were next door to the Dutch East Indies. The anti-Axis powers of the world controlled 97.5% of world production. It was as simple as that.

But the Japanese have closed the United Nations' filling station...

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