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The Netherlands East Indies Campaign 1941-42


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Origins of the Campaign Chronology Opposing Commanders Opposing Forces and Orders of Battle Opposing Plans The Campaign Aftermath Further Reading Index

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At the end of 1941, Imperial Japan targeted The East Indies in an attempt to secure access to precious oil resources. The Netherlands East Indies Campaign featured complex Japanese and Allied operations, and included the first use of airborne troops in the war. This highly illustrated study is one of the less well-known campaigns of the Pacific War.

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Marc Lohnstein holds an MA in history; his main focus is the former Dutch colonies in Indonesia and Surinam. He specializes in colonial army and police organization, equipment, uniforms and tactics, and has published several studies on these subjects. He is currently assistant curator at the Royal Home for Retired Military Personnel & Museum Bronbeek, at Arnhem in The Netherlands.

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