The Dutch East Indies

‘The Java Gold’  originates in the former Dutch East Indies, now known as the Republic of Indonesia. Most younger people are amazed by the fact that the Dutch ruled this area for about 300 years.

So here’s a map to give you an idea how immense this former Dutch colony was. Geographically it streched from Banda Aceh on the northern tip of Sumatra to Westerm New Guinea – a distance of roughly 4.000 kms or 2.450 miles!
The military called it ”The Malayan Barrier”, because it separates the Indian Ocean from the South China Sea and the Pacific Ocean.
It was a prime target for military conquest to the Japanese leaders because of its abundant natural  resources, such as oil, coal, rice, rubber, kapok,spices and many other commodities, all badly needed by the Japanese war machine…


About Kingsleyr

Thank you for visiting my blog! The posts you find here are a direct result of my research into aviation and military history. I use the information I gather as a foundation and background for my books. You may call the genre historical fiction, a story woven into a background of solid and verifiable historical facts. However, the period and region I have chosen to write about (late 1930's - 1950's in South-East Asia) are jam-packed with interesting information and anecdotes. If I'd used them all I would swamp the stories. So this blog is the next best thing. It is an "overflow area" in which I can publish whatever I think will interest you. And from the reactions I get, I deduce I am on the right track. A lot will be about aviation in the former Dutch East Indies. This, because my series of books ("The Java Gold") follows a young Dutch pilot in his struggle to survive the Pacific War and its aftermath. But there's more in the world and you'll find descriptions of cities, naval operations and what not published on this blog. Something about myself; I am a Dutch-Canadian author, living in, and working out of the magical city of Amsterdam. My lifelong interest in history and aviation, especially WW2, has led me to write articles and books on these subjects. I hope you'll enjoy them!
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