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Kevin Denlay 1996
Java Island is part of the Greater Sunda Islands (Greater Sundas). Also known as simply Java or spelled Jawa. Borders the Sunda Strait and Java Sea. Off the eastern tip is Bali Island. To the south borders the Indian Ocean and to the north borders the Java Sea. Prewar and during the Pacific War part of the Netherlands East Indies (NEI). Today part of Indonesia and divided into four provinces: East Java Province (Propinsi Jawa Timur), Central Java Province (Propinsi Jawa Tengah), West Java Province (Propinsi Jawa Barat) and Banten Province (Propinsi Banten) plus the Yogyakarta Special Region and Jakarta Special Capital City Region.

Wartime HIstory
On February 27-28, 1942 Battle of the Java Sea Dutch, British, Australians and American Navy ships involved in this Naval battle with the Japanese, resulting in the loss of almost all their fleet. Next, During February 28 - March 1, 1942 the Battle of Sunda Strait consisted of several warships that had survived the Dutch East Indies Campaign and Battle of the Java Sea that were trying to escape the Java area. On March 9, 1942 Java surrenders to the Japanese, completing their conquest of Netherlands East Indies (NEI).

Jakarta (Jakarta Special Capital City Region)
Capital of Indonesia located on on the northwest coast of Java.

Yogyakarta (Yogyakarta Special City Region)
Also known as Djokjakarta, Jogjakarta, Jokjakarta, Djogjakarta, Djokja, Jogyakarta, Jokyakarta on south Java.

East Java Province (Propinsi Jawa Timur)
Eastern side of Java. To the north of is Madoera Island and east is Bali Island.

Central Java Province (Propinsi Jawa Tengah)
Central province of Java spanning from the northern to southern coast of Java.

West Java Province (Propinsi Jawa Barat)
Western portion of Java spanning from the northern to southern coast of Java.

Banten Province (Propinsi Banten)
Westernmost province of Java.

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February 17, 2021


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