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ter Poorten, Hein (1887-1968)


Photograph of Hein ter Poorten

National Archives

Hein ter Poorten was born in Java and was commissioned in the artillery in 1911. A licensed pilot, he became an early exponent of air power, returning to the Netherlands East Indies to establish the Army Air Force. He was the Dutch commander in the Netherlands East Indies at the commencement of the Pacific war. He was subsequently named as commander of land forces under the Allied ABDA command. With the collapse of Allied resistance on Java, ter Poorten was compelled to surrender on 8 March 1942.

Although intelligent and innovative in his thinking, he was somewhat lacking in tactfulness and did not always get along well with the civilian leadership in the Netherlands East Indies. A realist, he was pessimistic about the capabilities of his forces.

Service record

1887     
  Born at Buitenzorg, Java
1911
Second lieutenant     
Commissioned in the artillery
1919

High Military Academy
1926

Netherlands East Indies general staff
1936
Colonel     
Inspector of artillery, Netherlands East Indies
1939-7      

Chief, General Staff, Netherlands East Indies
1941-10     
Lieutenant general     
Commander in chief, Dutch East Indies
1942

Commander, ABDA Land Forces
1942

Prisoner of war
1968

Dies

References

Klemen (2000; accessed 2012-4-14)

Generals.dk (accessed 2008-7-5)



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