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Netherlands Order of Battle

Note: The order of battle pages in the Pacific War Online Encyclopedia are still under construction.

We present here the Netherlands order of battle from 7 December 1941 on. Units that deployed as part of a higher echelon (such as regiments assigned to divisions) are not listed separately. Also, units redesignated from other units are not included. Units that saw no service in the Pacific are not included. The intent is to give a reasonable reinforcement schedule for war games.

Tabulated information

Unit. This is the name of the unit.

Commander. This is the commander of the unit at the time of its activation. For units already active when war broke out, it is the commander of the unit on 7 December 1941. In general, we do not display commanders below flag or general rank. Ships showing a commander are the flagship of that commander.

Start. This gives the date and location of the unit's activation. For units already active when war broke out, only the location is given (at 8:00 AM on 7 December 1941, Hawaii time). If no location is given, a unit should be assumed to be at the same location as its operational headquarters (or administrative headquarters if no operational assignment is given.) Naval headquarters are located on the flagship of their commander unless otherwise specified.

Administrative Assignment. The administrative assignments in this table represent the formal organizational structure. The table is sorted by administrative assignment, such that every unit appears after the unit to which it is administratively assigned.

Operational Assignment. The operational assignment, if one is given, represents temporary attachment to another unit for a single operation. For example, an aircraft carrier might be administratively assigned to a carrier division, but be operationally assigned to a task force for a particular mission.

Notes. Miscellaneous information about a unit, such as its manpower and equipment, where it was raised, what its initial orders were, and how well it performed in battle.

Organization of the tables

The order of battle tables are laid out for maximum readability by software tools while retaining some semblance of human readability. Because the complete orders of battle for the major powers are many megabytes in length, we have broken these tables up into individual sections of less than 400K to avoid difficulties with older Web browsers.

In addition to the displayed text and associated links, each unit has an HTML anchor with a unique identifier based on the unit name. For example, the entry for I. Division includes the anchor I._Division which appears immediately before the unit name in the table. These anchors are used to cross-reference the tables but may also be of use to software tools scanning the tables.

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The order of battle

Unit
Commander
Start
Administrative
Assignment
Operational
Assignment
Notes
Royal Netherlands East Indies Army
Hein ter Poorten Bandung

Koninklijke Nederlandse Indische Leger or KNIL. The commander-in-chief of all Dutch forces was formally Queen Wilhelmina, who was a constitutional monarch but retained significant real power. With the Dutch government in exile in Britain, half a world away, the armed forces of the Netherlands East Indies were commanded by the local Army commander, ter Poorten.
Vk.A.1
Tjikembar Royal Netherlands East Indies Army
12 P-36 Hawk
Vk.A.2
Djokjakarta Royal Netherlands East Indies Army
11 P-36 Hawk
I. Division Wijbrandus Schilling Lembang Royal Netherlands East Indies Army
1 and 2 Regiments. Though the strongest of the Dutch divisions on Java, it was still understrength.
Vk.A.3

Kalidjati I. Division
12 FK-51
II. Division Pierre A. Cox
Semarang Royal Netherlands East Indies Army
4 Regiment and Zuid Regiment. Little more than a reinforced brigade
Zuid Regiment

Tjilatjap II. Division
Really just a reinforced battalion
Vk.A.4
Kalidjati II. Division
12 FK-51
III. Division
Gustav A. Ilgen
Malang Royal Netherlands East Indies Army
6 Regiment and Surabaya Garrison Regiment. Little more than a reinforced brigade
Surabaya Garrison Regiment

Surabaya
III. Division


Detachmant Madoera
Djombang III. Division
About three battalions of natives prepared to fight as guerrillas.
Bali Detachment
Den Pasar III. Division

Vk.A.5
Kalidjati III. Division
12 FK-51
North Sumatra Territorial Command

Medan Royal Netherlands East Indies Army

Medan Battalion


North Sumatra Territorial Command


Pematang Siantar Battalion


North Sumatra Territorial Command

Sibolga Battalion


North Sumatra Territorial Command

Middle Sumatra Territorial Command
Roelof T. Overakker Fort de Kock Royal Netherlands East Indies Army

Fort de Kock Battalion


Middle Sumatra Territorial Command


Padang Battalion


Middle Sumatra Territorial Command

South Sumatra Territorial Command

Palembang Royal Netherlands East Indies Army

Palembang Battalion


Royal Netherlands East Indies Army

Djami Battalion


Royal Netherlands East Indies Army

West Borneo Battalion

Pontianac Royal Netherlands East Indies Army
750 militia
VI Garrison Battalion
Balikpapan Royal Netherlands East Indies Army
1100 troops
VII Garrison Battalion
Tarakan Royal Netherlands East Indies Army
1300 troops
Samarinda Battalion

Royal Netherlands East Indies Army
500 troops
Celebes Defense Force


Royal Netherlands East Indies Army

Menado Battalion

Celebes Defense Force
1500 men, 25% regulars
Kendari Battalion

Celebes Defense Force
400 men
Makassar Battalion

Celebes Defense Force
1200 men
Timor Garrison Battalion
Kupang Royal Netherlands East Indies Army
600 militia
Molukken Brigade  2600 men Ambon Royal Netherlands East Indies Army

Netherlands East Indies Naval Forces Conrad E.L. Helfrich
Royal Netherlands East Indies Army

Royal Netherlands Navy East Indies Squadron Karel W.F.M. Doorman
Netherlands East Indies Naval Forces

Task Force One Karel W.F.M. Doorman off Paternoster Island Royal Netherlands Navy East Indies Squadron

CL De Ruyter

Task Force One

CL Tromp

Task Force One

DD Van Ghent

Task Force One

DD Kortenaer

Task Force One

DD Piet Hein

Task Force One

DD Witte de With

Task Force One

DD Banckert

Task Force One

Task Force Two
Sunda Strait en route Singapore Royal Netherlands Navy East Indies Squadron

CL Java

Task Force Two

DD Evertsen

Task Force Two

DD Van Nes

Task Force Two

Netherlands East Indies Navy
Batavia Netherlands East Indies Naval Forces

NEI Submarine Flotilla
Surabaya Netherlands East Indies Navy

AS Zuiderkruis

NEI Submarine Flotilla

SS K-VI

NEI Submarine Flotilla

SS K-VIII

NEI Submarine Flotilla

SS K-X

NEI Submarine Flotilla

Submarine Division 1

NEI Submarine Flotilla

SS O-16
Karimata Strait Submarine Division 1

SS K-XVII
north of Singapore Submarine Division 1

SS K-XVII


Submarine Division 1

Submarine Division 2

NEI Submarine Flotilla

SS K-IX

Submarine Division 2

SS K-XI
north of Singapore Submarine Division 2

SS K-XII
north of Singapore Submarine Division 2

SS K-XIII
north of Singapore Submarine Division 2

Submarine Division 3

NEI Submarine Flotilla

SS K-XIV
South China Sea Submarine Division 3

SS K-XV
South China Sea Submarine Division 3

SS K-XVI
South China Sea Submarine Division 3

Submarine Division 4

NEI Submarine Flotilla

SS O-19
South China Sea Submarine Division 4

SS O-20
South China Sea Submarine Division 4

Mine Service
Surabaya Netherlands East Indies Navy

CM Gouden Leeuw
Tarakan Mine Service

CM Prinz Van Oranje

Mine Service

CM Krakatau

Mine Service

CM Pro Patria
Palembang Mine Service

CM Serdang

Mine Service

CM Willem van der Zaan
Lingga Roads
Mine Service

CM Rigel

Mine Service

Minesweeper Division 3

Netherlands East Indies Navy

AMc Alor

Minesweeper Division 3

AMc Aroe

Minesweeper Division 3

AMc Bantam

Minesweeper Division 3

AMc Bogor

Minesweeper Division 3

AMc Ceram

Minesweeper Division 3

AMc Cheribon

Minesweeper Division 3

Minesweeper Division 4
Surabaya Netherlands East Indies Navy

AMc Djember

Minesweeper Division 4

AMc Djombang

Minesweeper Division 4

AMc Djampea

Minesweeper Division 4

AMc Enggano

Minesweeper Division 4

AMc Endeh

Minesweeper Division 4

Torpedo Division

Surabaya Netherlands East Indies Navy
PT TM-4 to TM-15
AO Aldegonda

Netherlands East Indies Navy

AO Benakat

Netherlands East Indies Navy
4763 tons, 10 knots
AO Djirak

Netherlands East Indies Navy
4325 tons, 10knots
AO Josefina

Netherlands East Indies Navy

AO Juno

Netherlands East Indies Navy
2741 tons, 9 knots
AO Paula

Netherlands East Indies Navy
2700 tons, 12 knots
AO Pendopo

Netherlands East Indies Navy
7150 tons, 10 knots
AO Petronella

Netherlands East Indies Navy

AT Kraus

Netherlands East Indies Navy

AT Pief

Netherlands East Indies Navy

AT Gina

Netherlands East Indies Navy

AT Jules

Netherlands East Indies Navy

AT Nolly

Netherlands East Indies Navy

AT Tata

Netherlands East Indies Navy

AT Flip

Netherlands East Indies Navy

AT Rolf

Netherlands East Indies Navy

AT Hector

Netherlands East Indies Navy

AT Paul

Netherlands East Indies Navy

AT Teddy

Netherlands East Indies Navy

AR Moeara Boelian

Netherlands East Indies Navy

AH Op Ten Noort

Netherlands East Indies Navy

Royal Netherlands Naval Air Service (Marine Lucht Dienst or MLD)


Netherlands East Indies Navy

GVT-1
Sambas (109.310E 1.361N)
MLD

3 Do-24
GVT-2
Sorong MLD

3 Do-24. Destroyed 1941-12-26. Reactivated 1942-1-19 with 3 PBY-5 Catalina at Padang.
GVT-3
Surabaya MLD

6 Do-24. Reserve squadron. Reequipped with 3 PBY-5 Catalina on 1942-1-16.
GVT-4
Sambas (109.310E 1.361N)MLD

3 Do-24
GVT-5
Ternate (127.344E 0.805N)
MLD

3 Do-24. Reequipped with 3 PBY-5 Catalina on 1942-1-12.
GVT-7
Tarakan MLD

3 Do-24
GVT-8
Seletar
MLD

3 Do-24
GVT-11

Surabaya MLD
3 T-IV
GVT-12

Surabaya MLD

3 T-IV
GVT-16
Batavia MLD

3 PBY-5 Catalina
GVT-17
Ambon MLD

3 PBY-5 Catalina
AVP Arend


MLD
Former customs patrol boat converted to small seaplane tender, 1011 tons, 18 knots.
AVP Valk


MLD
Former customs patrol boat converted to small seaplane tender, 1011 tons, 18 knots.
AVP Bellatrix


MLD
Former customs patrol boat converted to small seaplane tender
AVP Fazant


MLD
Former customs patrol boat converted to small seaplane tender. 623 tons, 12 knots
AVP Merel


MLD
Former customs patrol boat converted to small seaplane tender
AVP Poolster


MLD
Former customs patrol boat converted to small seaplane tender
AVp Reiger


MLD
Former customs patrol boat converted to small seaplane tender
Netherlands East Indies Air Brigade Rudolph H. van Oyen Bandung Royal Netherlands East Indies Army

2-VI.G.I
Sinkawang Netherlands East Indies Air Brigade
11 Martin Bombers
1-VI.G.V
Sinkawang Netherlands East Indies Air Brigade
5 F2A3 Buffalo
1-VI.G.I
Samarinda Netherlands East Indies Air Brigade
11 Martin Bombers
I-1-VI.G.V
Samarinda Netherlands East Indies Air Brigade
4 F2A3 Buffalo
II-1-VI.G.V

Samarinda Netherlands East Indies Air Brigade
4 F2A3 Buffalo
IV-2-VI.G.IV
Pattimura Netherlands East Indies Air Brigade
3 F2A3 Buffalo
1-VI.G.III
Seletar Netherlands East Indies Air Brigade RAF Far East Command 10 Martin Bombers
3-VI.G.III
Seletar Netherlands East Indies Air Brigade RAF Far East Command 8 Martin Bombers
2-VI.G.V
Seletar Netherlands East Indies Air Brigade RAF Far East Command 12 F2A3 Buffalo
2-VI.G.III
Kalidjati Netherlands East Indies Air Brigade
8 Martin Bombers
1-VI.G.II
Malang Netherlands East Indies Air Brigade
11 Martin Bombers
2-VI.G.II
Malang Netherlands East Indies Air Brigade
11 Martin Bombers
1-VI.G.IV
Bandung Netherlands East Indies Air Brigade
13 P-36 Hawk
2-VI.G.IV
Bandung Netherlands East Indies Air Brigade
9 P-36 Hawk
GVT-6
Activated 1941-12-10 (Surabaya) MLD
3 Do-24
GVT-18

Activated 1942-1-16 (Surabaya) MLD
3 PBY-5 Catalina
SS Zwaardvisch

Arrived 1944-6-27     
Netherlands East Indies Navy


References

Ellis (1993)

The Netherlands East Indies 1941-1942 (accessed 2010-9-4)

Rottman (2002)

Willmott (1982)

Womack (2006)



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