“Heavy Oil Engines Are Growing in Popularity,” Wall Street Journal, 1917.

World War I was the first major military conflict that saw the widespread use of military machinery – trucks, warplanes, submarines, and tanks – that were driven by oil-based fuels. All sides of the conflict realized that the control of natural resources like oil were of upmost military importance. Because they controlled more than seventy percent of the world’s oil production (most of it in the United States), the Entente powers held a significant military advantage. This 1917 article from the Wall Street Journal discusses the increasing need for oil for Diesel engines in military machinery.

How does the article suggest that warfare might drive the development of new energy systems? How did new technologies changed the need to control resources in military conflicts?   

Citation: 
"Heavy Oil Engines Are Growing in Popularity," The Wall Street Journal, 1917.
Library Item date: 
1917