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Open Access Chapter VII: Guarding strict neutrality

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Chapter VII: Guarding strict neutrality

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Pinke and Michielsen met after a telegram had been sent to Idenburg from The Hague to alert him to the fact that a breakdown of peace in Europe was very likely in the evening of the previous day. Suddenly they were confident that the Dutch fleet in the Netherlands Indies could cope. They based their optimism upon the consideration that at the outbreak of a war the European naval squadrons in the Far East would be fully occupied with protecting their own colonial possessions and their own shipping. A raid by a limited number of enemy warships could not be ruled out but they judged the Dutch colonial army and Navy strong enough to deal with such a contingency. They did not yet see any indication that Tokyo contemplated such an act of war. With these considerations in mind, the two commanders gave priority to the guarding of neutrality.

Keywords: Dutch fleet; guarding of neutrality; Idenburg; Michielsen; Netherlands Indies; Pinke



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