Why was Dutch involvement in the Pacific campaign sidelined once the US began to commit major forces to the region?
By - KevTravels
The ABDA command was a short lived multinational attempt to defend the South Pacific from the Japanese. The Dutch forces in the area had been cut off after the surrender of the Netherlands to Nazi Germany the year before. The naval assets of the command were decimated at the Battle of the Java Sea and then the East Indies surrendered and almost all the Dutch forces were imprisoned. So after early 1942, I don’t know if any significant Dutch forces in the area. ADBA dissolved and was redesignated as the SouthWest Pacific Area under MacArthur.
I'd say because most Dutch forces in the theatre, both land and naval, were destroyed before the US began to commit major forces to the region. The Dutch East Indies campaign was over by March 1942.