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December 10, 2011 / jmeuropeana

Dutch Marine Corps founded

On the 10th of December –

In 1665 the ‘Korps Mariniers’ (Marine Corps) was founded on the initiative of Grand Pensionary (now we would say: Prime Minister) Johan de Wit and Admiral Michiel de Ruyter.

Johan de Wit:
Johan de Wit (1625-1672), raadpensionaris van Holland

Michiel de Ruyter (not a very flattering image…)
Admiral de Ruyter ;

And some Marines:
                

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