The Dutch Colonial Army was the main defense against the Japanese invading the Netherlands East Indies during World War II. In December 1941, Dutch forces in Indonesia numbered around 85,000 troops, a combination of European and indigenous regular soldiers, locally organized militia, territorial guard units and civilian volunteers.
The Campaign in the Dutch East Indies, April – September 1944: American infantry advance behind a Sherman tank on the island of Biak. On Biak the Americans encounted stiff opposition and the island was not taken until August 1944
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The surrender of the Dutch East Indies to the Japanese at Kalidjati military airport.
Reclame voor luchtpost naar Nederlands - Indië (1933)