1 The oil of Iraq and Iran was used locally ,it was not transported to Britain .The reason was the Italian DOW .Peter89 wrote: ↑23 May 2022 08:37It was used, because to transport the oil from the Americas to the Eastern Med and Middle East would make no sense. That was the true strength of the British Empire: a worldwide network of resources, forces and strongpoints, making London capable to project power from Greece to Hong Kong.
Over time they could, and that's where you and Counter are both wrong: the Mediterranean strategy, which was mostly a bunch of incohesive ideas and postwar literal invention, could not aim to pamper Germany with resources, but to establish a perimeter which the Allies could not break easily or at all.
Yes, they could.
The importance of the pipelines is overrated, the pumpin stations mattered. But yes, the British would destroy those.
Not so much the port, but the oil installations.
No, the correct question is: WHY would the Germans fight for Italian oil supply?
It was not necessary to do it in one port, besides: it made no sense.
It's not doubtful, it's clear that they had the capacity, the problem was that the idle refineries were mostly located on the Atlantic coast.
Using this scheme, the answer is obvious.
Yes they did.
There is no Eastern front in this scenario.
2 '' Over time they could '' : Germany had no time .Look at the time Red Adair needed to stop the fires of the oil field of Kuwait .
3 If Germany needed the oil of the ME ,this oil had to be transported over the Mediterranean by tankers ,and there was already a shortage of tankers in the HTL.And if the ME was conqured ,why would Italy need/consume more oil ?
4 Trieste : there was no pipeline from Trieste to Germany, thus trains had to be used ,but there were no sufficient trains and not sufficient railway space : reason : every year 10 million tons of coal had to be transported from Germany to Italy .
5 Refineries on the Atlantic coast in France are not refineries in Germany : when the oil from the ME arrived in Germany, the Reichsbahn had to transport the oil to the French west coast and back to Germany .
6 If there was no war with the USSR in 1941 ,Germany would consume less oil , thus no need for the oil of the ME .Besides : this oil could not arrive in Germany in 1941 : it took Red Adair 8 months to stop the burning of the oil fields of Kuwait , it would take the Germans years to do it .
If there was a war in the east in 1941,Germany would not need this oil ( the Ostheer arrived at the suburbs of Moscow without the ME oil ) AND Germany could not transport hundreds of thousands more oil to the front ( it took them in the HTL already 3 weeks to transport oil to the front ).Barbarossa was conceived as a fast and short operation,and oil had nothing to do with it .
In 1940 ( NO war in the East and no ME oil ) the WM consumed 3 million tons of oil.
If there was no war in the East in 1941,why should the WM consume more oil?