Japanese Type 89 tank Dutch Friesland 1-9 R.I. battalion stationed at Tjimahi in the NEI 1946 duck hunter

Dutch Lt. Gen. Pieter Lodewijk Gerard Doorman (center-right, just inside frame) speaks to a crew member of a captured Japanese Type 89 I-Go medium tank during a visit to 1e Bataljon, 9e Regiment Infanterie (1-9 RI “Friesland”) in Cimahi, Dutch East Indies, September 1946. Formed in the Netherlands in Sept.1945 just after the liberation from German occupation, 1-9 R.I. was sent to the UK in late 1945 for training and basic Malay language lessons then landed in Batavia on Java as part of V-Brigade in Feb. 1946, where they no doubt picked up the above Japanese armor. Fighting through the Indonesian wars, they were shipped back to Europe (likely sans tanks) and disbanded in August 1948.

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