This article discusses the importance of oil during the war period and how the attacks on oil reserves can lead to early end of the war. Written by J M Spaight, this article basically analyze how much oil contributes towards the success and failure of a war and in a carefully planned war, attack on oil and railway of the enemy can really trigger the chain reaction which may result into early end of the conflict.
Author has cited many examples from World War II indicating as to how the different attempts were made to target the oil resources of Germany. Citing the examples from Second World War, this article successfully points out that by targeting the oil reserves of the enemy, both Britain and Germany tried to take strategic advantage during the war. It has been further discussed that by destructing or relocating the oil and liquid fuel resources can ensure success in war. One of the major reasons as to why the Germany failed to win the war despite making a very important start is the fact that it has failed to plan its attack on the oil resources of the Britain and it continued to receive the supply through formal as well as informal channels. Later reports from the German army personnel as well as writers confirmed that if Germany would have targeted the oil, chemical as well as power resources of the enemy, War would have been over much before. Finally, this article argues that the oil is one of the critical resources which can actually define the fate of the war and as such any planned attack on such resources can provide a great advantage.