Episode 13 — The Royal Netherlands NavyPremieres: Mon. 26 Jul. 19:00 CEST (UTC+2)
From the swashbuckling exploits of Michiel de Ruyter at Medway to the somber last stand of Admiral Doorman in the Java Sea — join us and our Dutch special guest in discussing the far-reaching impact of the Netherlands' navy on world history.
This month’s panelists include:
- SPECIAL GUEST: Dr. Anselm van der Peet — Senior historian and naval specialist of 20th century RNLN operations and maritime strategy at the Netherlands Institute of Military History, member of the editorial board of Marineblad (magazine of the RNLN officers society) as well as member of the advisory board of Atlantisch Perspectief (magazine on transatlantic security relations), and president of the Netherlands Commission on Military History.
- SPECIAL GUEST: Klaas Meijer — Spokesman for the Netherlands Ministry of Defence, historian, and veteran.
- Drachinifel – Naval history YouTuber.
- Dr. Alexander Clarke – Naval Historian.
- Tuccy – World of Warships EU Publishing Producer.
- Princeblip — World of Warships: Legends Community Manager.
If you have any questions or comments for our panel about the history of the Dutch Navy, please leave them at the form linked below!
The Dutch Navy
Coming from a nation quite literally built on water, it's no surprise that the Dutch navy has one of the most colorful and prestigious histories on the planet. Having managed to eke out an existence amid the rise and fall of powerful empires around it, this small, waterlogged coastal nation looked to the sea nearly five centuries ago and forged itself a global empire through fire, war, and lucrative trade — all inextricably tied to a powerful navy.
Nothing lasts forever, however. By the time the 20th century rolled around, the Netherlands had only a small, partially obsolete coastal defence force in Europe, with the bulk of their now modest navy stationed in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia). It would be in these equatorial waters where the Dutch Navy would take part in one of the largest surface engagements of World War II — the Battle of the Java Sea.