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Evacuation of the British Expeditionary Forces from Greece
  • Article by Peter Kimenai
  • Published on April 1st, 2015

Evacuation of the British Expeditionary Forces from Greece

From 24 April till 1 May 1941, over 50,000 troops of the British Expeditionary Forces were evacuated from Greece. Next to a large number of warships, nine troop-ships were involved in this exercise, including three of them of Dutch origin. All three Dutch vessels were sunk whilst the destruction of ss Slamat became the largest disaster at sea in Dutch history.

Hr. Ms. K XVII: sunk by a mine or an assault?
  • Article by Peter Kimenai
  • Published on February 3rd, 2013

Hr. Ms. K XVII: sunk by a mine or an assault?

Hr. Ms. K XVII was a Dutch submarine of the K XIV class. The K-boats were especially designed and built for service in the Dutch East Indies. (K stands for Koloniaal = Colonial). The series started in 1913 with the K I which was constructed at the shipyard The Royal Scheldt in Flushing (De Koninklijke Maatschappij De Schelde). The development of the K-ships was running parallel to the one of the O-ships (submarines = Onderzeeboten). Those vessels however were developed for services in European waters. The K I was tugged to the Far East in 1916 by sea going tugboat ’Witte Zee’ but in 1920 Hr. Ms. K III made this trip for the first time all on its own.

Operation Rheinübung and the sinking of the Bismarck
  • Article by Frank van der Drift
  • Published on September 13th, 2020

Operation Rheinübung and the sinking of the Bismarck

Up until 1938, Germany had never reckoned with the possibility of entering into a conflict with Great Britain in which the Kriegsmarine would play a major part. In the fall of 1938, Plan Z was launched, entailing the construction of 10 battleships, 12 large armored vessels, 4 aircraft carriers, 5 heavy cruisers, 16 light cruisers and numerous other smaller vessels.