1942 NED EAST INDIES [WW2 VELDPOST/MONEY CARD [17894]

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1942 (Feb 24) Dutch Indies printed Money Order [Imprint ST-6237-40] bearing Queen Wilhelmina 80c tied Veldpost /Sopteerkantor/B cds & with boxed Veldpost /Distributiekt 105 h/s with below unframed 24 Feb 1942 hand stamp all in black alongside unframed Censuur /Gepassered /B h/s in red with original address deleted in red crayon & forwarded with on reverse Soerabaja [27 Feb] + Soerabaja/Simpang [2 Mar] transit cds with on face unframed 18 May 1942 arrival hand stamp in violet.
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This is extremely late Veldpost as the Dutch Indies had surrendered to the Japanese on 9 March.
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The invasion in early 1942 was swift and complete. By January 1942, parts of Sulawesi and Kalimantan were under Japanese control. By February, the Japanese had landed on Sumatra where they had encouraged the Acehnese to rebel against the Dutch. On 27 February, the Allied navy’s last effort to contain Japan was swept aside by their defeat in the Battle of the Java Sea.From 28 February to 1 March 1942, Japanese troops landed on four places along the northern coast of Java almost undisturbed. The fiercest fighting had been in invasion points in Ambon, Timor, Kalimantan, and on the Java Sea. In places where there were no Dutch troops, such as Bali, there was no fighting. On 9 March, the Dutch commander surrendered along with Governor General Jonkheer A.W.L. Tjarda van Stankenborgh Stachouwer ………………..http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_occupation_of_Indonesia#The_invasion

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