‘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…