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Oil: The Underlying Reason for Gallipoli

This historical account demonstrates that a desire to control significant oil reserves can dictate the course of action during wartime.
The Ottoman Empire, which controlled the Middle East in 1914, became the centre of conflict between the British and the German Empires, both of which wanted access to its vast oil fields. The route the British took, initially via Gallipoli to capture Istanbul, continued in the Middle East and reached its victorious conclusion at the end of 1918. The reserves of oil in the Middle East then came under the control of the British Empire, which fulfilled a strategic objective that …read more

Source: Australian Institute of International Affairs

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