No Known Restrictions: Iraq Oil Fields, Drilling Tower from Matson Collection, 1932 (LOC)

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    TITLE: Iraq, oil fields, drilling tower.

    CALL NUMBER: LC-M33- 14405[P&P]

    REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-DIG-matpc-13162 (digital file from original photo)
    No known restrictions on publication.

    MEDIUM: 1 negative : safety film ; 4 x 5 in.



    American Colony (Jerusalem). Photo Dept., photographer.


    Title from negative sleeve.

    On negative sleeve: Good dups.

    Taken between Sept. 26 and Oct. 12, 1932.

    Gift; Episcopal Home; 1978.




    Safety film negatives.

    PART OF: G. Eric and Edith Matson Photograph Collection

    REPOSITORY: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

    DIGITAL ID: (digital file from original photo) matpc 13162

    CARD #: mpc2005007756/PP

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    1. StevenM_61 97 months ago | reply

      Iraq was already an important oil producer by WWII. Many German generals urged Hitler to launch an invasion of the Middle East primarily to get the oil fields. Experts say if Hitler had sent at least twice as many troops to North Africa as it did in 1941, Germany may very well have siezed the Suez Canal and taken the oil fields of the Middle East, which would have been enough for Germany to win the war. But, fortunately for history, Hitler ignored his generals and stuck to other plans.

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