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Click here to enlarge imagePetroleum and warfare have been inextricably intertwined from the beginning.Homer's Iliad cites the Trojans' use of catapults to hurl projectiles of flaming pitch, gathered from oil seeps, at Greek ships, according to Daniel Yergin in his book The Prize.Yergin also recounts the historical pivot point when First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill in 1911 committed the British navy to a then-controversial switch to Persian oil from British steam coal to assure the country's mastery of the seas amid a pre-World War I Anglo-German naval arms race.The dependence of war machines on petroleum was especially pivotal in World War II. It has been argued...

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