The Invasion of the Dutch East Indies

Edited and Translated by Willem Remmelink

The Invasion of the Dutch East Indies

Edited and Translated by Willem Remmelink

Distributed for Leiden University Press

Compiled by the War History Office of the National Defense College of Japan
672 pages | illustrated in halftones throughout | 7 x 10 | © 2015
Cloth $87.50 ISBN: 9789087282370 Published February 2016 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Between 1966 and 1980, the War History Office of the National Defense College of Japan published a 102-volume military history of Imperial Japan’s involvement in the Pacific War. This book, the first full and unabridged translation of a volume from the series, describes in great detail the operation to capture the Dutch East Indies, which at the time was the largest transoceanic landing operation ever attempted.
Contents
Editor’s Note
About the Senshi Sōsho (War History Series)
Foreword
Preface, Explanatory Notes

Chapter I Outline of the Operation

Chapter II Situation of the Dutch East Indies

Chapter III Operational Preparations Prior to the War

1. Situational Until Summer 1941
2. Preparations in the Summer and Fall of 1941
3. Completion of Plans and Issue of Orders by Imperial General Headquarters
4. The Southern Army’s Plan and Orders
5. Operational Preparations of the Sixteenth Army

Chapter IV Opening of Hostilities and Capture of the Forward Advances Bases Davao and Jolo
1. Capture of Davao
2. Capture of Jolo Island

Chapter V Decision to Advance [the Schedule of] the Java Operation and the Sixteenth Army
1. Decision to Advance [the Date of the Operation]
2. The Cam Ranh Agreement and Shipping Issues
3. The Orders from [the Army Department of] Imperial General Headquarters 
4. The Southern Army’s Operational Direction
5. The [Navy] Southern Task Force’s Shift to Phase-Two Operations
6. Departure of the Headquarters to the Sixteenth Army and Revision of Its Operation Plan

Chapter VI The Launch of the Dutch East Indies Operation
1. The Policy of the [Japanese] Government Towards the Netherlands
2. The Launch of the Dutch East Indies Operation
3. The Capture of Tarakan
4. The Capture of Menado

Chapter VII The Capture of Java’s Dehors
1. [Commander Imamura’s] Orders to the 38th Division 
2. The Manila Conference and the Arrangements Between the Sixteenth Army and the [Navy] Dutch East Indies Unit
3. [Army Commander Imamura’s] Orders to the 48th Division, the Sakaguchi Detachment and the Main Force of the Army
4. The Southern Sumatra Invasion Operation
5. The Capture of Balikpapan and Kendari
6. The Capture of Ambon
7. The Capture of Banjarmasin, Makassar, Bali and Timor

Chapter VIII The Invasion of Java
1. Progress if the Preparations for the Invasion of Java
2. The Sailing [of the Convoys]
3. Operations of the Main Force of the [Sixteenth] Army
4. The Operations of the Sakaguchi Detachment
5. The Operations of the 48th Division
6. Conclusion of the Java Invasion Operation and the Operations of the Allied Forces

Conclusion
Notes
Appendix: List of Units in the Order of Battel of the Sixteenth Army
Glossary
Index of Personal Names
Index of Place Names
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