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- Oct 21, 2019
Both Germany and Japan were clueless at it though. For example, both seized the necessary oil fields, but both Germany and Japan had no plan on how to utilize the fields once captured. In Germany’s case, they had no plan to undo Soviet sabotage nor how to get the oil from the Caucus field to refineries. As for the Japanese, sure they took the DEI oil fields, but had zero idea on how to safely get the oil back to Japan past allied submarines, or once past, into the tanks, trucks, aircraft and ships of their war machine.Germany, Italy and Japan were pretty limited in a lot of areas of their economies, especially on a war footing, due to lack of materials and facilities to build war machines. The obvious hope was that going to war or the threat of it would allow them to obtain those resources, considering that many countries were loath to trade with the Axis powers by 1939.
As for Italy, instead of seizing unless land around the horn of Africa, why not dig a little in your existing colonies for oil? Instead Libya’s oil reserves were discovered by a decade after Mussolini was executed.