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World War II Battles Involving the Netherlands

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List of Netherlands battles in the World War II, listed alphabetically with photos, images, and maps when possible. Every major battle, skirmish, or conflict in World War II involving the Netherlands is included here, along with information like exactly where the battle took place. If you want to learn even more about these World War II battles that involved World War II you can click on the names of the battles for more information.

With items ranging from Invasion of Normandy to Battle of France, this is a great starting point for a list of your favorites.

This list answers the question, "What World War II battles was Netherlands involved in?"
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Battle for The Hague is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Netherlands
The Hague, Netherlands
The Battle for The Hague was the first opposed paratroop assault in history. It took place on 10 May 1940 as part of the Battle of the Netherlands between the Royal Netherlands Army and ...more
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Battle of Ambon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Netherlands
Maluku Islands, Indonesia
The Battle of Ambon occurred on the island of Ambon in the Dutch East Indies, during World War II. A Japanese invasion was resisted by Dutch and Australian forces. The chaotic and sometimes ...more
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Battle of Borneo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Netherlands
Borneo
The Battle of Borneo was a successful campaign by Japanese Imperial forces for control of Borneo island and concentrated mainly on the subjugation of the Kingdom of Sarawak, Brunei, North ...more
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Battle of Cape Bon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Netherlands
Mediterranean Sea
The naval Battle of Cape Bon took place on December 13, 1941 during the Second World War, between two Italian light cruisers and an Allied destroyer flotilla off Cape Bon, Tunisia. The loss of ...more
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Battle of France is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Netherlands
Low Countries, Belgium
In the Second World War, the Battle of France, also known as the Fall of France, was the successful German invasion of France and the Low Countries, beginning on 10 May 1940, defeating primarily ...more
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Battle of Hannut is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Netherlands
Hannut, Belgium
The Battle of Hannut was a Second World War battle fought during the Battle of Belgium which took place between 12 and 14 May 1940 at Hannut, Belgium. It was the largest ever tank battle at the ...more
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Battle of Maastricht is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Netherlands
Maastricht, Netherlands
The Battle of Maastricht was one of the first battles that took place during the German Campaign on the Western Front during World War II. Maastricht was a key city in order to capture the ...more
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Malayan Campaign is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Netherlands
British Malaya
The Malayan Campaign was a campaign fought by Allied and Axis forces in Malaya, from 8 December 1941 – 31 January 1942 during the Second World War. The campaign was dominated by land battles ...more
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Battle of Manado is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Netherlands
Manado, Indonesia
The Battle of Manado was a battle of the Pacific Theatre of World War II. It occurred at Manado on the Minahasa peninsula on the northern part of the island of Celebes, from 11–13 January 1942 ...more
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Battle of Palembang is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Netherlands
Palembang, Indonesia
The Battle of Palembang was a battle of the Pacific theatre of World War II. It occurred near Palembang, on Sumatra, on 13–15 February 1942. The Royal Dutch Shell oil refineries at nearby Pladju ...more
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Battle of Rotterdam is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Netherlands
Battle of Rotterdam Rotterdam, Netherlands
The Battle of Rotterdam was a Second World War battle fought during the Battle of the Netherlands. Fought between 10–14 May 1940, it was a German attempt to seize the Dutch city. It ended in a ...more
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Battle of the Afsluitdij... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Netherlands
Afsluitdijk
The Battle of the Afsluitdijk was an unsuccessful attempt by the German Army to seize the Afsluitdijk in May 1940, during World War II. If the Germans had taken the dyke, they could have taken ...more
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Battle of the Grebbeberg... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Netherlands
Rhenen, Netherlands
The Battle of the Grebbeberg was a major engagement during the Battle of the Netherlands, which was a part of the World War II Operation Fall Gelb in 1940.
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Battle of the Mediterran... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Netherlands
Mediterranean Sea
The Battle of the Mediterranean was the name given to the naval campaign fought in the Mediterranean Sea during World War II, from 10 June 1940 to 2 May 1945. For the most part, the campaign was ...more
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Battle of the Netherland... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Netherlands
Netherlands
The Battle of the Netherlands was part of Case Yellow, the German invasion of the Low Countries and France during World War II. The battle lasted from 10 May 1940 until the main Dutch forces ...more
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Battle of Timor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Netherlands
Portuguese Timor, Malaysia
The Battle of Timor occurred in Portuguese Timor and Dutch Timor during the Second World War. Japanese forces invaded the island on 20 February 1942 and were resisted by a small, under-equipped ...more
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Convoy PQ 17 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Netherlands
Arctic Ocean
PQ 17 was the code name for an Allied World War II convoy in the Arctic Ocean. In July 1942, the Arctic convoys suffered a significant defeat when Convoy PQ 17 lost 24 of its 35 merchant ships ...more
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First Battle of Sirte is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Netherlands
Mediterranean Sea
The First Battle of Sirte was fought between the British Royal Navy and the Regia Marina during the Mediterranean campaign of the Second World War. The engagement took place on 17 December 1941, ...more
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Indian Ocean raid is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Netherlands
Indian Ocean
The Indian Ocean raid was a naval sortie by the fast carrier strike force of the Imperial Japanese Navy from 31 March – 10 April 1942 against Allied shipping and bases in the Indian Ocean. It ...more
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Invasion of Normandy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Netherlands
Normandy
The Invasion of Normandy was the invasion by and establishment of Western Allied forces in Normandy, during Operation Overlord in 1944 during World War II; the largest amphibious invasion to ...more
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Pacific War is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Netherlands
Pacific Ocean
This event was the theatre of WWII which was fought in the Pacific and East Asia. It was fought over a vast area which included the Pacific Ocean and islands, the South West Pacific, South-East ...more
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Battle of the Atlantic ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Netherlands
Gulf of Mexico
The Battle of the Atlantic was the longest continuous military campaign in World War II, running from 1939 to the defeat of Germany in 1945. At its core was the Allied naval blockade of Germany, ...more
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French West Africa in Wo... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Netherlands
French West Africa
In World War II, French West Africa was not the scene of major fighting. Only one large-scale action took place there: the Battle of Dakar. The region remained under the control of Vichy France ...more