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Topic: Petroleum and Water History

The Drum 55-Gallon and 5-Gallon as Petroleum Containers for Military Service

17 August 1952 Study conducted by the Office of the Quartermaster, HQ, Eighth U.S. Army Korea (EUSAK) Colonel Hugh Mackintosh Petroleum supply during the Korean War, 1952 I. SUMMARY Based on the results of a field survey, there is a definite need for both the drum 55-gallon and the drum 5-gallon (hereafter referred to as the […]

Petroleum Supply in Korea

By LT. COL. Merwin H. Smith, Q.M.C. Quartermaster Review, November-December 1951 The war in Korea came at a time when Far East Command petroleum stocks were, in general, in good supply except for avgas and jet fuel and packaged stocks of certain grades of lubricating oils and greases, which were adequate to meet the immediate […]

Refuel on the Move: Resupplying Patton’s Third Army

Captain Daniel G. Grassi Quartermaster Professional Bulletin – Summer 1993 “We held the enemy by the nose and kicked him in the pants.” Speaking to a crowd of tired GIs in the French city of Metz in November 1944, LTG George S. Patton, commander of the Third Army, summed up the recently completed World War […]

POL on the Red Ball Express

Dr. Steven E. Anders Quartermaster Professional Bulletin, Spring 1989 Getting fuel from the beach to the front lines as U.S. Divisions raced across France in 1944 The introduction of motorized vehicles and equipment at the beginning of the twentieth century has changed forever the face of battle. Since the time of Alexander the Great large […]

Fueling Up for D-Day

WWII gasoline supply in England  in support of the invasion of France, June 6, 1944 Quartermaster Technical Bulletin – 26 Oct 1944 D-Day for the French invasion was just another busy day in the life of the Quartermasters who ran the Petrol, Oil and Lubricants (POL) dumps in England.  Ever since the beginning of March […]

Fuels and Lubricants for Johnny Doughboy

LIEUTENANT JOHN K. EVANS, Q.M.C. The Quartermaster Review May-June 1944 AN ARMY marches on its wheels these days, and with­out fuels and lubricants those wheels bog down in a morass of despair and ultimate defeat. Even in the First World War it was said that the Allies floated to victory on a sea of oil. But […]

Supply of Petroleum Products

Extracted from “Quartermaster Support of the Army”, pages 660-662 Erna Risch, 1962 Storage and distribution of petroleum to the American Expeditionary Force in France during World War I , 1917-1918. The storage and distribution of the bulk of Quartermaster Supplies were handled through the depot system established on the Line of Communications, but the handling […]