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The Dutch military is composed of the Navy, the Army, the Air Force, and the Korps Mariniers. Its military tradition started back during its war of independence against Spain in the 1500s, and for a while, Dutch ships threatened Britain.

Its military was defeated by the Germans in World War II. The Japanese also defeated the Dutch Army in Indonesia, though eventually the remnants of these units became resistance fighters.

Today, the Dutch military is a NATO member and has troops in Afghanistan.

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