The Operations of the Navy in the Dutch East Indies and the Bay of Bengal
The Operations of the Navy in the Dutch East Indies and the Bay of Bengal
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Editor’s Note
About the Senshi S.sho (War History Series)
Preface, Explanatory Notes
Chapter I The Circumstances Leading to Japan’s Invasion of the Dutch East Indies
1. The Prewar Operational Policy of the Navy and the Supply and Demand of Oil
2. Changes in the International Situation and the Import of Essential Materials
3. The International Situation and the Changes in the Policy for Coping with the Current Situation
4. The Supply and Demand of Essential Materials and the Appropriate Moment to Open Hostilities
5. Changes in the Measures to Cope with the Fuel [Problem]
6. The Breakdown in the Japan-U.S. Negotiations Chapter II The Military Topography of the Southwestern Region
1. General Topography
2. Summary of Meteorological Conditions
3. Summary of Air Bases
4. Summary of Major Ports, Waterways, etc.
5. The Military Situation in the Southwestern Region
Chapter III The Drafting of a Plan of Operations for the Southern Advance
1. Fixing the Outline of the Plan of Operations
2. IGHQ’s [Navy Department’s] Mission Directives and the Army-Navy Central Agreement
3. The Plan of Operations of the Combined Fleet
4. Conclusion of the Tokyo Agreement
5. Conclusion of the Iwakuni Agreement and the Saigon Agreement
6. Issue of Orders by Each Navy Unit
7. The Southern Army Issues the Order to Launch the Invasion
8. Remaining Problems in the Southern Operation
Chapter IV Progress in the Preparations for the Invasion of the Dutch East Indies
1. Smooth Progress in the Stage-One, Phase-One Operations
2. The Bulk of the [Navy] Philippines Unit is Shifted to the Dutch East Indies Unit
3. Assessment of the Enemy Situation in the Dutch East Indies Area at the Launch of Phase-Two Operations
4. Conclusion of the Army-Navy Agreement for the Java Invasion [Operation]
5. Issuing the Phase-Two Plan of Operations, etc.
6. The Preparations of All Units Move Ahead
Chapter V The Forward Push of the Air Bases
1. Outline of the Progress of the Operation
2. The Capture of Tarakan
3. The Capture of Menado
4. The Capture of Balikpapan
5. The Seizure of Kendari
6. The Manila Agreement and the Operational Policy for Phase-Three
7. The Capture of Ambon
8. Operation Z of the Air Units and a Sea Engagement off Java
9. The Capture of Makassar
10. The Seizure of Banjarmasin
11. The Invasion of Southern Sumatra
12. The Capture by Surprise of Bali
13. The Surprise Attack Operation Against Port Darwin
14. The Capture of Timor
Chapter VI The Drafting of the Java Invasion Operation Plan
1. The Circumstances Until the Launch of the Operation
2. The Army-Navy Arrangement and the Plan of Operations of Each Unit
Chapter VII The Implementation of the Java Invasion Operation
1. Outline of the Progress of the Operation
2. From the Launch of the Operation Until the Landings
3. The Sea Engagement off Surabaya
4. The Sea Engagement off Batavia (28 February - 1 March)
5. The Main Body of the Southern Task Force Advances to the South of Java
6. The Operations of the Carrier Task Force (Until 1 March)
7. The Operations of the Submarine Units
8. The Army Units Sweep Across Java
9. The [Naval] Operations Around Java After the Landing of the Army Units
10. The Lessons of War in the Air Campaign in the Dutch East Indies [Operation]
11. The Conclusion of the Java Invasion Operaton
Chapter VIII The State of the Allied Forces Before the Java Operation
1. The State of the Allied Forces Before the Outbreak of the Second European War
2. The Situation of the Allied Forces Right Before the Opening of Hostilities
3. The Situation of the Allied Forces at the Time of [Japan’s] Launch of the Dutch East Indies Operation
Chapter IX The Neutralization of the

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The Operations of the Navy in the Dutch East Indies and the Bay of Bengal

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"Between 1966 and 1980, the War History Office of the National Defense College of Japan (now the Center for Military History of the National Institute for Defense Studies) published the 102-volume Senshi S.sho (War History Series). These volumes give a detailed account of the operations of the Imperial Japanese Army and Imperial Japanese Navy during the Second World War. The present volume, The Operations of the Navy in the Dutch East Indies and the Bay of Bengal, volume 26 of the series, describes the Japanese Navy’s role in the campaign to gain control over the Indonesian archipelago – at that time the largest transoceanic landing operation in the military history of the world. It includes, among others, the first complete Japanese analysis of the Battle of the Java Sea, a much-debated battle that ended disastrously for the Allies and opened the way to Java for the Japanese. "

Wim Remmelink

Willem Remmelink was the executive director of the Japan-Netherlands Institute in Tokyo for more than twenty-five years. He is a specialist in Japanese and Indonesian history.