March 20, 1602: The Dutch East India Company is founded. The Dutch East India Company (Vereenigde Oost-indische Compagnie) was founded through the sponsorship of the Dutch government, who granted it a monopoly over trade in the East Indies through a charter that was set to expire after twenty-one years. The company could, through this charter, build forts and conduct military and diplomatic activities in the area, which would help to protect and direct Dutch trade in the East Indies
K.N.I.L. recruitment propaganda poster for the liberation of the Dutch East Indies c.1945 Lithograph, designed by Wim
The Japanese did not make very extensive use of paratroopers and development of specialized weapons for them also lagged. Japanese airborne troops jumped armed with pistols and grenades, and their rifles and machine guns were dropped separately in containers. The experiences of the airborne attack on Palembang in Sumatra, Dutch East Indies, February 13-15, 1942 may have provided the impetus for the Japanese to get serious about paratrooper weapons. In that battle, canisters ended up landing…
Isaac Israels, Het transport der kolonialen (Transport of the Colonial Soldiers), showing recruits for the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army walking through Rotterdam to their transport to the Dutch East Indies
No photos exist that show the atrocious conditions in the concentration camps for Dutch women and children on Java under the Japanese occupation of the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) during WWII. These Sept 20, 1945 photos of Camp Banjoebiroe 10 in Central Java were taken 5 weeks after the end of WWII by Lady Mountbatten, wife of Lord Mountbatten, Supreme Allied Commander of South-East Asia.