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Open Access Chapter XII: The German menace

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Chapter XII: The German menace

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To assist in the planning and running of subversive activities in the British possessions in Asia, three departments were established: one in the Netherlands Indies, one in Siam, and one in Persia. All three were headed by members of German diplomatic or consular staffs who, when necessary could call upon the help of employees of German firms in the region and other German residents. In Batavia, where the plotters probably had received their latest instructions and information when the Choising arrived in Tanjung Priok, suspicion focused on Emil and Theodor Helfferich. All sorts of schemes were hatched by the plotters. One plan, the brainchild of the German Consul General in San Francisco, was to send two British Indians to Batavia to start a newspaper to 'supply false war news to British India' and to set up an illegal radio station to communicate with partisans in the Straits Settlements.

Keywords: Batavia; British India; German menace; Netherlands Indies



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