Famous Dutch Military Leaders

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Michiel de Ruyter
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Birthdate: March 24, 1607
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vlissingen, Netherlands
Died: April 29, 1676

Michiel de Ruyter was a Dutch admiral best remembered for his achievements during the Anglo-Dutch Wars. An important member of the Dutch Navy during his time, De Ruyter is widely considered one of the most talented admirals of all time. Regarded as a Dutch folk hero, Michiel de Ruyter's life and career inspired the 2015 Dutch film, Michiel de Ruyter.

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Pier Gerlofs Donia
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Birthdate: 1480 AD
Birthplace: Kimswerd, Frisia, Netherlands
Died: October 28, 1520

Pier Gerlofs Donia was a Frisian rebel leader and pirate, whose life is shrouded in mystery. He was said to be a big, strong man with a dark complexion. He led an armed band, known as the Arumer Zwarte Hoop, against the Hollanders and Burgundians at sea and targeted ships that traveled the Zuiderzee. He died in 1520. 

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Maurice, Prince of Orange
(Prince of Orange (1618 - 1625))
Maurice, Prince of Orange
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Birthdate: November 14, 1567
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dillenburg, Germany
Died: April 23, 1625

Maurice, Prince of Orange is remembered for transforming the Dutch army with his modern military strategy and engineering. The second son of William I the Silent, he was part of the Eighty Years’ War with Spain. He passed away shortly before the siege of Breda was completed.

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Jan Pieterszoon Coen
(Governor-General)
Jan Pieterszoon Coen
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Birthdate: January 8, 1587
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hoorn, Netherlands
Died: September 21, 1629
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Raymond Westerling
(Military officer of the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army)
Raymond Westerling
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Birthdate: August 31, 1919
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Beyoğlu, İstanbul, Turkey
Died: November 26, 1987
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Piet Pieterszoon Hein
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Birthdate: November 25, 1577
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Delfshaven, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Died: June 18, 1629
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Karel Doorman
(Naval Officer)
Karel Doorman
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Birthdate: April 23, 1889
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Utrecht, Netherlands
Died: February 28, 1942
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Maarten Tromp
(General)
Maarten Tromp
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Birthdate: April 23, 1598
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Breille, Netherlands
Died: August 10, 1653
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Henri Winkelman
(Military officer)
Henri Winkelman
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Birthdate: August 17, 1876
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Maastricht, Netherlands
Died: December 27, 1952
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Duke Henry of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
(Prince consort of the Netherlands as the husband of Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands)
Duke Henry of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
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Birthdate: April 19, 1876
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Schwerin, Germany
Died: July 3, 1934
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Cornelis Tromp
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Birthdate: September 3, 1629
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Died: May 29, 1691
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Gaius Julius Civilis
(Military Officer)
Gaius Julius Civilis
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Birthdate: 0025
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Unknown
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René of Chalon
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Birthdate: February 5, 1519
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Breda, Netherlands
Died: July 15, 1544
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Johannes van den Bosch
(Governor-General)
Johannes van den Bosch
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Birthdate: February 2, 1780
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Herwijnen, Netherlands
Died: January 28, 1844
Conrad Emil Lambert Helfrich
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Birthdate: October 11, 1886
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Semarang, Indonesia
Died: September 20, 1962
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Louis of Nassau
(Political leader)
Louis of Nassau
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Birthdate: January 10, 1538
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dillenburg, Germany
Died: April 14, 1574

Louis of Nassau was the younger brother of William the Silent, who played a major role in the Dutch Revolt against the Spanish that led to the famous Eighty Years' War. Louis also played an important role in the revolt and helped the Dutch win the Battle of Heiligerlee against the Spanish army of Friesland.

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J. B. van Heutsz
(Military Officer)
J. B. van Heutsz
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Birthdate: February 3, 1851
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Coevorden, Netherlands
Died: July 11, 1924
Godard van Reede, 1st earl of Athlone
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Birthdate: June 14, 1644
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Utrecht, Netherlands
Died: February 11, 1703
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Cornelis Speelman
(Governor-General)
Cornelis Speelman
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Birthdate: March 2, 1628
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Died: January 11, 1684
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Jacob van Heemskerck
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Birthdate: March 13, 1567
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died: April 25, 1607

Jacob van Heemskerck was a Dutch naval admiral. It is believed that he explored an Arctic passage from Europe to China, thus becoming one of the first few men to successfully face an arctic winter. The voyage led to flourishing seal and whale fisheries which enriched the Netherlands for a long time. Jacob also commanded expeditions to the East Indies.

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Adriaan van der Stel
(Politician, Military personnel)
Adriaan van der Stel
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Birthplace: Mauritius
Died: May 25, 1646
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Hendrik George de Perponcher Sedlnitsky
(Diplomat, Military personnel)
Hendrik George de Perponcher Sedlnitsky
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Birthdate: May 19, 1771
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: The Hague
Died: November 29, 1856
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Dirk van Hogendorp
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Birthdate: October 3, 1761
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Heenvliet, Netherlands
Died: October 29, 1822