History of War

INVASION OF THE DUTCH EAST INDIES

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Japan begins its offensive against the Dutch East Indies shortly after the Netherland­s declares war on 8 December. An amphibious invasion of Celebes is carried out on the night of 10-11 January, and by late February Java is invaded after the Allied defeat at the Battle of the Java Sea.

 ?? ?? Burning petrol dumps, set alight by the retreating Dutch forces, Java, c.1942
Burning petrol dumps, set alight by the retreating Dutch forces, Java, c.1942

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