Chronology of the Netherlands East Indies Campaign

The Japanese campaign to conquer the Netherlands East Indies began on December 7, 1941. They had reached their major objectives by March 8, 1942 when the Dutch Army in Java surrendered.

However, KNIL units on Sumatra and Australians and KNIL troops on Timor carried on the fight for a while. The KNIL troops on Sumatra capitulated late March 1942. A few hundred Australians and Dutch  started a deadly guerrilla campaign on Timor in March 1942. It tied up an entire Japanese division of over 12.000 men and lasted well into 1943!


West- Australian Commandos of 2/2nd Independent Company as guerrillas on Timor, 1942

I have posted a chronology of the total campaign under ‘Military Background’

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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