- Dec 2011
- Iowa USA
Accessing the Iraqi oil fields over land was much costlier for Germany than the sea route to British commonwealth. This is NOT an apples-apples issue. There's a reasonably good book from the crop of "centennial" Great War popular history volumes concerning the incomplete Berlin-Baghdad line.They didn't have to worry about the Middle Eastern oil as long as the Turks would have remained allies with them. Of course, if the Brits take the oil-rich parts of the Ottoman Empire and the Turks want these territories back, what is Britain going to demand in exchange for this?
Also, one thing that I don't get is why Germany tried to cooperate with the Bolsheviks in an attempt to prevent the Ottoman Turks from conquering Baku in late 1918.