World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF JAVA: Voice of Doom

The voice was like a voice of doom. It was the voice of Dr. Hubertus Johannes van Mook, Lieutenant Governor General of The Netherlands East Indies:

It is not that dozens of battleships, scores of cruisers and thousands of planes are needed. . . . It is only a question of hundreds more of planes and a few tens of thousands of men. . . . The reinforcements need not be tremendous, but must come continuously and there must be an end of wavering uncertainty which wastes time and weakens morale.

When Dr. van Mook spoke last week in Batavia, it...

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