The war elsewhere ...

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VACThe Women's Automobile Corps (VAC)

What is often forgotten is that WWII also lasted around five years in our former wing regions. And how terribly wrong there was for many Europeans and locals that ended there in that war?

People who returned to the Netherlands during their stay in Jappenkampen were often told: "But you have not experienced the war".

Before the time had come, the war had yet to begin.

VACX NUMXIn the run-up to that war, various people were still thinking about what should happen. Zou conceived the idea that the men in the front line would drop gaps in logistics from the hinterland.

Vigilance was also a priority outside the defense apparatus. A special initiative came from Rie Lulof-Mehrengs, wife of a bank director. She founded the Vrouwen Automobiel Corps (VAC), an assistant army of female drivers, at and behind the future front.

She received commercial and passenger cars from the director of General Motors Batavia, paid for by the company. In addition to driving lessons with trucks, the drivers also received shooting lessons. There was so much interest in it that departments emerged in Bandung, Cheribon, Semarang, Djokjakarta, Madioen and Surabaya.

BandoengThis fairly emancipated action had repercussions. During a military exercise, the VAC women were allowed to drive the trucks to the training area, but then - to the anger of the women - native drivers took over the wheel.

However, the women were expected to show up at the so-called soos evening that was held after the battalion returned. In dressed dresses, they had to participate in so-called service dancing, exclusively with officers.

Japanese campFrom the beginning of the war, they drove buses, kitchen cars, and canteen cars sprayed in army-green spray to supply remote army observatories.

Other women performed courier services by motorcycle.

On 1 March 1942, the resident of Batavia lifted the VAC and ordered the destruction of all VAC items.

Furiously, many women burned their army uniforms and a number volunteered to work at the KNIL on the same day. That was allowed again.
If you are interested in this piece of history, then a visit to Bronbeek in Arnhem is a must. As a writer of this message, I walked around it myself and searched for family for photos.

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