in them there woods - Sherwood Forest oil
Forest's secret oil
Forget bouncing bombs, the Enigma machine and radar
- Sherwood Forest oil was the best kept wartime secret.
In 1942, Britain
was on its knees - starved of oil supplies by the constant U boat menace at sea
while trying to fight for survival.
The solution was as unexpected as could
possibly be - a small oilfield of high quality oil in the middle of Sherwood Forest.
The only problem was getting the oil out, and getting it out fast.
the Sherwood Forest oil drilling photo gallery
The story of how oil production was achieved against all odds must
be one of the most fascinating of World War Two.
Wood - well hidden oil field during World War Two|
looks at how one man from the Anglo Iranian oil company made a lone journey to
Ardmore, Oklahoma on Churchill's orders.
We also reveal how a south Oklahoma
oil man supplied the men and equipment to save Britain from surrender - at no
profit to himself.
For a whole year 46 Americans toiled in Nottinghamshire,
fighting food shortages and risking their lives under the nose of the Luftwaffe.
Yet this is a story that remains almost unknown even to locals.
was a highly secretive operation that was kept under wraps to avoid the threat
of enemy attack.
Roughnecks in the forest
Inside Out's Marie Ashby
travelled across the Atlantic to reveal the story of the roughnecks of Sherwood
Forest on both sides of the Atlantic.
drilled a lot of wells, and drilled them real quick."
Dugger - last surviving driller from Duke's Wood
Marie interviewed the last surviving
oil driller to come to Nottinghamshire, Lewis Dugger, now 90-years-old.
remembers his trip to Nottinghamshire and the workers' monastery base at Kelham
Hall as if it was yesterday.
"Well we heard we was going to be staying
in this English monastery, and we thought, uh-huh, what's this gonna be?,"
recalls Lewis in his broad Louisiana accent.
"Are we gonna be converted?"
He also acknowledges the importance of the oil drilling operation:
no way Britain could have won that war on the amount of oil they could get out.
"We drilled a lot of wells, and drilled them real quick."
explain why such an amazing exploit is, even now, Churchill's biggest secret.
the Sherwood Forest oil story in pictures
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