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World War II

The Dutch East Indies campaign

Monday Dec 08, 1941
Dutch East Indies (present-day Indonesia)

The Dutch East Indies campaign of 1941–1942 was the conquest of the Dutch East Indies (present-day Indonesia) by forces from the Empire of Japan. Forces from the Allies attempted unsuccessfully to defend the islands. The East Indies were targeted by the Japanese for their rich oil resources which would become a vital asset during the war.


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