Hitler's Asian Adventure

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BoD – Books on Demand, Jun 9, 2017 - History - 572 pages
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From 1963 to 1981 Horst H. Geerken lived in the new-born Republic of Indonesia, at a time of upheaval after the end of almost 350 years of colonial rule and exploitation by the Netherlands. In both his professional and private activities he constantly came across German, Japanese and Indonesian eyewitnesses who had lived through the Japanese occupation and the presence of the German navy in Indonesia. The relations between the German Reich and what was then the Dutch East Indies were obviously closer and more varied than had been previously assumed. Hardly anyone was aware that Hitler was extremely interested in this distant archipelago and that thousands of German officers and seamen were in action in East and South-East Asia. Who knows that German U-boats and auxiliary cruisers penetrated deep into the Pacific and that the German Navy used the Kerguelen Islands in the South Polar Sea as a secret base? Or that Hitler gave massive support to the independence movements in Indonesia and India? Many of the German naval personnel chose to make Indonesia their home after the war and joined the Indonesian freedom fighters. The Second World War heralded the end of the colonial era in Asia, especially in South-East Asia. The role played in this process by the Third Reich should not be underestimated. The collaboration between the Axis powers, especially that between German and Japan, with all its problems, is also investigated. There was a lively exchange of new weapons technology. There was even the re-creation of a German Radar system in Japan under the management of a German engineer. Documents from the Third Reich's Foreign Ministry, published here for the first time, show how brutally and inhumanely the German men, women and children in the Dutch internment camps in the East Indies were treated by their captors. These documents are supported by evidence from contemporary witnesses. The author has encapsulated his many years of research in the two volumes of Hitler's Asian Adventure. It is a fascinating documentation of the German Navy's involvement in a theatre of war that has until now been neglected by historians.
 

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9
Foreword
13
Hitler Seizes Power The Beginning of the Second World War and How my Interest in the Dutch East Indies was Awakened
21
Dream Destination Dutch East Indies
27
Walther Hewel and Adolf Hitler with Emil Helfferich Freiherr von Trott and Ernst A Bohle
35
Hitlers Pianists
55
Hitlers AntiSmoking Campaign
59
Trade Relations Between the Third Reich
63
The Bengali Holocaust
335
The German Embassy in Tokyo and the Sorge Espionage Affair
337
Communication
347
Provisions for the German UBoats
354
Rest and Recreation for German Sailors
358
German Naval Pilots in the Southern Region
375
Operations Off the Coasts of Australia and New Zealand
381
Early Freedom Fighters and the Founding of PETA Pembela Tanah Air
406

and the Dutch East Indies 63 8 GermanBritish Relations
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The Beginning of the Second World War the Dutch Reaction and Japans Entry into the War
76
The Beginning of the UBoat War in the Atlantic
102
Merchant Ships and Captured Ships as Blockade Breakers
109
The Occupation of South East Asia by Japan
115
Radio XGRS German Radio Station Shanghai Calling
148
The Nanking Massacre
156
The Sinking of the Van Imhoff
160
The Burma and TransSumatra Railways
171
SecondWorldWar Maritime Disasters in South East Asia
179
Jewish Life in the Dutch East Indies and the Exodus of Jews from the Third Reich
181
Walther Hewels Diary
200
Reasons for Building German Bases in South East Asia
212
The Last Blockade Breakers and the Shortage of Rubber
225
The Yanagi Mission
235
German Naval Bases in South East Asia and the Arrival of the First Submarines
243
Operation Monsoon
255
Sabang Base on the Island of Weh and the Italian Submarines
271
The Telefunken Würzburg Radar Stations in the Far East
289
Subhas Chandra Bose and other Supporters of Hitler
300
War Crimes at Sea
412
A German School on Java
418
Operation Transom and the Last German UBoats in the Southern Region Until the End of the War
429
The German Capitulation
437
The Japanese Capitulation
444
German Support for Indonesian Freedom Fighters
453
Indonesias Struggle for Independence
459
Sarangan After the War 471 44 The Dutch After the War
478
Portuguese Timors Involvement in the Second World War and its FarReaching Consequences
481
Hitlers Death
488
A German Military Cemetery on Java
505
Notable Germans Involved in the Development of the Free Indonesian Republic
510
Remarks about President Soekarno
529
Relics of the Second World War
540
Epilogue
542
Index of Personal Names
551
Subject Index
558
Literature and Sources
566
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Horst H. Geerken lived in Indonesia from 1963 to 1981. In addition to his professional work as Resident Engineer he travelled a large part of Asia during this time and later, often with his long-term partner Annette Bräker. Horst H. Geerken has published several historical works, including 'A Gecko for Luck' about the Dutch colonial period and the independence struggle in Indonesia. His 'Hitler's Asian Adventure' documents the influence of the Third Reich on independence movements in South-East Asia and India

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