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Overakker, Roelof T. (1890-1945)

Overakker commanded the Middle Sumatra Territorial Command when war broke out in the Pacific. Though the senior Dutch officer in the island, he did not receive command of all Dutch forces on Sumatra until the defense of Java was on the verge of collapse. He attempted to hold out in the mountains of northern Sumatra but was finally forced to surrender on 28 March 1942.

Overakker was executed at Fort de Kock in 1945 to prevent his being liberated by the advancing Allies.

Service record

1888     

Born
1941
Major general      
Commander, Middle Sumatra Territorial Command
1942-3-28     

Surrenders
1945

Executed by the Japanese

References

"An Abandoned Army: The KNIL and the Japanese Invasion of Northern Dutch Sumatra." (accessed 2010-9-7)

Generals.dk (accessed 2008-11-6)



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