Royal Netherlands Army Vehicles, Post-WWII

Jan W. Michielse

The Royal Netherlands Army was raised on 9 January 1814—however, its origins date back to 1572, when the so-called Staatse Leger was raised. Therefore, the Netherlands has one of the oldest standing armies in the world. It fought during the Napoleonic Wars, WWII, the Indonesian War of Independence 1945–1949, in Korea in 1950-53, and the war with Indonesia over New Guinea, 1960–1962. The I (Netherlands) Corps stood watch alongside its NATO allies in Germany during the Cold War. The corps consisted of three divisions during the 1980s, the 1st, 4th, and 5th (reserve) divisions. It was part of the NATO Northern Army Group.

42nd Infantry Heavy Mortars Royal Dutch Army 1954 MDAP Dodge WC-51 with Ben Hur trailer.

42nd Infantry Heavy Mortars Royal Dutch Army 1954 MDAP Dodge WC-51 with Ben Hur trailer.

Royal Dutch Army WC-51 of 42nd Infantry Heavy Mortars, 1954.

Royal Dutch Army WC-51 of 42nd Infantry Heavy Mortars, 1954.

MDAP (Mutual Defense Assistance Program) GMC CCKW 353 shop truck after auction of American property in Belgium service, 1986.

MDAP (Mutual Defense Assistance Program) GMC CCKW 353 shop truck after auction of American property in Belgium service, 1986.

M38A1 NEKAF (Nederlandse Kaiser-Frazer Fabrieken Rotterdam) Ambulance of the Royal Dutch Army, 1974.

M38A1 NEKAF (Nederlandse Kaiser-Frazer Fabrieken Rotterdam) Ambulance of the Royal Dutch Army, 1974.

42nd Infantry Heavy Mortars Royal Dutch Army, 1954, somewhere in Germany.

42nd Infantry Heavy Mortars Royal Dutch Army, 1954, somewhere in Germany.

42nd Infantry Heavy Mortars Royal Dutch Army 1954 in Rotterdam during Queensday Parade.

42nd Infantry Heavy Mortars Royal Dutch Army 1954 in Rotterdam during Queensday Parade.

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