Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Ancient and even some not so ancient warfare as highly dependent on horses. See the two previous blog entries.
Within the modern context here with some quotations regarding the production and consumption of oil as needed for the war machine of the last one-hundred years or so. Logistical considerations above all!
"Posted by Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP)"
“He who owns the oil will own the world, for he will rule the sea by means of the heavy oils, the air by means of the ultra-refined oils, and the land by means of gasoline and the illuminating oils.” -- Henri Berenger, French diplomat, 1921
“To fight, we must have oil for our machine.” -- Adolph Hitler
“The war was decided by engines and octane.” -- Joseph Stalin, referring to the outcome of World War II
“No matter how well fed, equipped, or officered, without oil and gasoline the modern army is a hopeless monster, mire and marked for destruction.” -- T.H. Vail Motter, U.S. Army Historian
“The primary cause of our failure was a shortage of fuel.” -- General Paul von Kleist, Commander, Panzer Forces, Army Group A in Russia
“Our ships sailed on water, but they moved on oil, and the demand never ceased.” -- Rear Admiral W.R. Carter, U.S.N.
“The raids of the Allied air fleets on the German fuel supply installations were the most important of the combined factors which brought about the collapse of Germany.” -- General Adolf Galland Commander, German Fighter Force
“A plentiful and reliable supply of petroleum products was probably the single most vital factor in establishing Allied logistical superiority over the German Army.” -- The Quartermaster Corps
“It was a war begun as a fight for oil and ended by the lack of it.” -- Asahi Shimbun, on the Allied victory in the Pacific in World War II
“God was on the side of the nation that had the oil.” -- Professor Wakimura, Tokyo Imperial University
SIX-SEVENTHS OF THAT AMOUNT OF OIL AS NEEDED BY THE ALLIED FORCES DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR [WW2] FROM AMERICAN PRODUCTION!