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Asymmetric warfare

Nederlands Instituut voor Militaire Historie (NIMH)
Time period: 1945-1949
Number of interviews: 21
Accessibility: not (yet)
Transcripts: 10-minute summaries of part of it exist
Period of interviews: 2017-2023

After the research is completed (summer 2023), the interviews will be included in the NIMH collection.

The material is currently scattered among three researcher-archives and other repositories.

Website NIMH:



Deelstudie Asymmetrische oorlogsvoering:


Origin, objective and/or main question: Independence, decolonisation, violence and war in Indonesia, 1945 – 1950 is a joint research programme of the Royal Institute of Language, Land and Ethnology (KITLV), the Netherlands Institute of Military History (NIMH) and the
NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

The Asymmetric Warfare project is being carried out by NIMH. This project focuses on Dutch military action during the Indonesian War of Independence. Research is conducted within three sub-studies: the Dutch intelligence apparatus, the use of heavy weapons/technical force and the military-justice apparatus. For the purpose of these studies, 21 interviews were conducted.

The interviews focus on events and experiences in the years 1945 – 1949.
They mainly discuss Indonesia and the Netherlands. Themes include Indonesian revolution,
the Dutch intelligence apparatus, technical violence, heavy weapons, the military-justice apparatus.