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Open Access Chapter V: The Dutch fleet

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Chapter V: The Dutch fleet

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Ten years later the Minister of the Navy, J.J. Rambonnet, explained in Parliament that in Europe the main task of the Dutch fleet was to assist the army in guarding neutrality. The strategic location of the homeland coupled with the rivalry between Great Britain and Germany made it unlikely that the Netherlands would become a party in a conflict in Europe. In the Netherlands Indies the threats of war were greater. Idenburg considered the fleet to be 'nothing but a heap of rust', while naval command dismissed the Dutch fleet as a quantité négligeable. A bill concerning the income and expenditure for improving the fleet was completed in the middle of July 1914. It called for larger battleships than those initially planned for, of course costing more: three million guilders extra per ship. Idenburg was given till 10 August to comment.

Keywords: Dutch fleet; Idenburg; NetherlandsIndies



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