How vital was the contributions of Dutch and belgium colonies to the allied war effort?


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How vital was the contributions of Dutch and belgium colonies to the allied war effort?

Dutch colonies at Dutch East Indies (Java , Borneo , Sumatra ) provided vital raw materials like rubber , tin , oil for Allied war production until invaded in 1942. Most of the uranium used in Manhattan Project came in from Belgian Congo.


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I would add that a number of Dutch merchant ships managed to escape the fall of the Indies and were instrumental in the Papua New Guinea Campaign. of 1942-1943. These ships carried troops and supplies for the US and Australia and that support was instrumental in the outcome of the campaign.
The link here talks about one of the operations that they were involved in.

This link tells more of their story.