Dutch East Indies

The Fall of the Dutch East Indies, 1941-1942

Sumatra, Java, and Bali

The Japanese home islands have no oil fields and only a one year reserve of oil for their war machine. One of the primary reasons Japan has gone to war is to gain control of the oil-rich islands of Sumatra, Borneo, and Java. In coordination with their assault on Malaya, they launch an island-hopping blitzkrieg to capture the Dutch East Indies. A widely-scattered force of Dutch, British, Australian, American, and Indian forces with virtually no air force or navy stands in their way. The battle-hardened Japanese troops methodically conquer island after island. See the Flash animation to learn more.

The Animation of the Invasion

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