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West Timor (Timor Barat) is the western half of Timor Island. Prewar and during World War II known as Dutch Timor in the Netherlands East Indies (NEI) until 1949 when it became part of Indonesia. Today known as West Timor (Timor Barat) in East Nusa Tenggara in Indonesia. Borders he Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste (East Timor) to the east.
Prewar and during World War II part of Dutch Timor in the Netherlands East Indies (NEI). In 1949 after Indonesia independence, the western half became known as Indonesian Timor. Today located in East Nusa Tenggara (Nusa Tenggara Timur) in Indonesia with Koepang (Kupang) the provincial capital and largest city.
On February 20, 1942 at 2:35am a Japanese Army landing force begins landing on each side of Cape Mali and secures the area by 3:15am without resistance. Afterwards, the Japanese "Kupang Force" proceeds over the mountains towards Kupang. West Timor was occupied by the Japanese until the official surrender of Japan in September 1945.
West Timor (Timor Barat) Locations
Koepang (Kupang) located on the southwest of Timor, provincial capital and largest city.
Atamboea (Atamboea, Atamboewa) located at the center of Timor includes Atamboea Airfield (Haliwen).
Poeloeti (Penfoei, Penfui) located on the southwest coast of Timor.
Oesaoe (Oesau, Oisau, Usau, Oesaoe) located on the southwest coast of Timor includes Oesaoe Airfield.
Kolbano (Kolbane) located on the southern coast of Timor.
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