Circa 1940, what was the oil production of each nation?

I'm looking for a source that lists all crude oil production by each nation, as it was in 1940. The reason is to understand geopolitics of the time, especially the oil security (or lack thereof) of each nation participating in WW2.

So far I've only found the US at 4 million barrels per day according to this graph.

Here is a link with annual oil production in metric tons (Mt), 1936-1948.

The US is by far and away the world's largest oil producer (over 180 million MT in 1940), followed by the Venezuela and the Soviet Union (30 and 27 million MT respectively). The next tier includes Indonesia and Iran (about 8 million MT each), trailed by Mexico and Romania (6 million MT each). Germany got most of her oil from Romania, and could certainly have used Soviet or Iranian oil. In Asia, the East Indies (modern Indonesia) was the big prize.

Thanks to user:pugsville for pointing out the League of Nations reports. I chose one with a 1940 column, even though some spaces were not filled in due to war. But as it turns out, all nations producing more than a million tons of oil have a 1940 number.

(Mt means millions of metric tons of crude oil produced for the whole year)

USA 182.657 Mt USSR 29.700 Mt Venezuela 27.443 Mt Iran 10.426 Mt Indonesia 7.939 Mt Mexico 6.721 Mt Romania 5.764 Mt Columbia 3.636 Mt Iraq 3.438 Mt Argentina 2.871 Mt Trinidad 2.844 Mt Peru 1.776 Mt Burma 1.088 Mt Canada 1.082 Mt Egypt 0.929 Mt

There are more, but I didn't bother including nations that produced less than a million metric tons of crude oil in one year (except Egypt because it was pretty close).

Interestingly, Saudi Arabia is not on the list! Apparently they had not yet found oil there. Iran and Iraq are on the list, though.

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Circa 1940, what was the oil production of each nation? - History

In war, soldiers fight on the "frontlines." During World War II, everyone in the U.S. was urged to fight on the "Home Front." The nation was called to war, and Americans responded. In that process, the government enlisted catch phrases that were used in the 1930s.

"Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without."

"If you don't need it, don't buy it."

  • American farm families sent more than 1.8 million young men and women into the armed forces. At a time when the nation faced an unprecedented demand for food, farmers faced a shortage of farm workers, gas, and new farm equipment and parts. Despite the shortage of labor, more production was expected. Each day, eight million soldiers had to be fed in the U.S. military alone, as well as millions of civilians in Great Britain and Russia.
  • The war affected food at home. The government rationed supplies of staples such as sugar, coffee, meat, fish, butter, eggs and cheese. Homemakers were challenged to fix nutritious meals on a budget with restricted supplies. Planting a Victory Garden was seen as patriotic.
  • The war affected what people wore. Women's stockings were hard to find because silk was used for parachutes. Women working in factories found that wearing slacks and overalls was much more comfortable and practical. When they wore skirts, wrap-around designs were popular because zippers and metal snaps were in short supply. Shoes were rationed, so most people wore long-lasting loafers.
  • The war affected where many worked. Soon after Pearl Harbor, new plants to make bombs, tanks or other materiel were built in rural areas across the nation. Rural residents found new jobs off the farm. New military training bases were built far from the coasts where they might be less vulnerable to attack, sabotage or spying.
  • The war, obviously, affected who lived and died, who married whom, and where people lived. Many men and women married quickly in the early years of the war. Other couples waited. Some soldiers got "Dear John" letters when the woman couldn't wait any longer. Many Nebraska families made the ultimate sacrifice when their sons, brothers, fathers and husbands were killed during World War II. Others found their loved ones had been forever changed by what they had endured.

In ways both large and small, historic events halfway around the globe affected the everyday lives of individuals. As Kelly Holthus remembers it, "Everything was to do with the war. Our whole life changed completely."

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser remembers listening to war news on the radio at the knees of his grandmother. In this poem entitled "Zenith," Kooser conjures up the way that he and his sister felt like they were part of the war effort – [we] "sat there at the rear of the action, a patrol / in the weak yellow glow from the war."

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