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The Operations of the Navy in the Dutch East Indies and the Bay of Bengal

Willem Remmelink

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Between 1966 and 1980, the War History Office of the National Defense College of Japan (now the Center for Military History of the National Institute for Defense Studies) published the 102-volume Senshi Sōsho (War History Series). These volumes give a detailed account of the operations of the Imperial Japanese Army and Imperial Japanese Navy during the Second World War.
The present volume, The Operations of the Navy in the Dutch East Indies and the Bay of Bengal, volume 26 of the series, describes the Japanese Navy’s role in the campaign to gain control over the Indonesian archipelago – at that time the largest transoceanic landing operation in the military history of the world. It includes, among others, the first complete Japanese analysis of the Battle of the Java Sea, a much-debated battle that ended disastrously for the Allies and opened the way to Java for the Japanese.

Historical source translated from Japanese.

Willem Remmelink was the executive director of the Japan-Netherlands Institute in Tokyo for more than twenty-five years. He is a specialist in Japanese and Indonesian history.

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  1. ISBN: 9789087282806
  2. Published: September 2018
  3. Pages: 784
  4. Language: English
  5. Format: Hardback
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  • David van Reybrouck over 'The Invasion in the Dutch East Indies' in 'Revolusi' (2020)

    Wat de militaire details van de Japanse invasie van Zuidoost-Azië betrof, maakte ik dankbaar gebruik van het verbluffend gedetailleerde The Invasion of the Dutch East Indies (Leiden, 2015). Deze studie verscheen al in 1967 in Tokio en was gecompileerd door The War History Office of the National Defense College of Japan. Willem Remmelink vertaalde en annoteerde deze uitzonderlijk gedetailleerde bronnenuitgave en reconstructie. Het boek begeleidde mij tijdens het veldwerk in Japan en ik haalde het enkele keren tevoorschijn tijdens interviews met getuigen. Dat leverde steevast nieuwe verhalen op.

  • Stone&Stone

    "A must-have book for every WWII bookshelf. Every historian of the Pacific war—amateur or professional—should be thankful for its publication. . . . This excellent translation finally makes important Imperial Japanese Navy data on the subject widely available to anyone who can read English."

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