Royal Netherlands East Indies Army 1936–42

Royal Netherlands East Indies Army 1936–42 cover

Royal Netherlands East Indies Army 1936–42

Description

Until 1945, Indonesia was a Dutch colony known as the Netherlands East Indies. In 1930, the area had over 60 million inhabitants and was a major exporter to Japan, providing some 13 per cent of its oil needs – second only after the United States. Following Germany's occupation of the Netherlands in May 1940, Japan decided to expand its influence in the Netherlands East Indies.

Defending the colony was the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army (KNIL). This force, designed primarily for colonial policing, underwent a series of cutbacks in the interwar years before adopting a modernisation programme in 1936, which focused on building up a strike air force, introducing tanks and increasing the firepower of the infantry and artillery.

Fully illustrated with period photographs and full-colour artwork, this book examines the dress, insignia, equipment, organization and combat performance of the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army as it faced the all-conquering Japanese forces in World War II.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Geopolitical developments
Defence of the Netherlands East Indies: principles
Command and control

Organisation

Infantry
Tanks
Artillery
Air defence artillery
Cavalry
Engineers
Signals
Motor transport
Medical Service
Supplies
Aviation
Indigenous auxiliary corps
Army formation
Weapons

Combat history

Uniforms and insignia

Bibliography

Glossary

Product details

Published Aug 23 2018
Format Ebook (PDF)
Edition 1st
Extent 48
ISBN 9781472833747
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Series Men-at-Arms
Short code MAA 521
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors

Author

Marc Lohnstein

MARC LOHNSTEIN holds an MA in History and his main…

Illustrator

Adam Hook

Adam Hook studied graphic design, and began his wo…

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