|Dutch power in the East Indies - end of "The Java War" in 1830|
Painting by Nicolaas Pieneman shows submission of a local prince
|Location of Aceh - with thanks to Google Earth|
|A KNIL General inspecting local troops in 1870s|
|The death of General Johan Köhler 14th April 1873|
|KNIL officers at Banda Aceh, January 1874|
|KNIL officers - possibly with captured Sultanate artillery - Banda Aceh, 1874|
A two-year period of civilian rule followed – during which increasing violence showed that resistance to Dutch rule was not at an end. In late 1883 military rule was again imposed and, in a steadily worsening situation, it was recognised that the war had reignited and a new, and even deadlier, phase was beginning. But that’s another story!
Britannia’s Reach by Antoine Vanner
"Britannia’s reach is not just political or military alone. What higher interest can there be than consolidation of Britain’s commercial interests?” So says one of the key figures in this novel, which centres on the efforts of a British-owned company to reassert control of its cattle-raising investment in Paraguay, following a revolt by its workers.
This story of desperate riverine combat brings historic naval fiction into the age of Fighting Steam.