Neutral Holland. The Army and Navy film



Dutch official propaganda film, showing the readiness of the Dutch army and navy to defend their country's neutrality.


The film premiered in January 1917 to an audience that included Queen Wilhelmina, ministers, and foreign diplomats . It was an official propaganda film, commissioned and supervised by the Dutch Ministry of Defence and the Dutch Army. The film maker Willy Mullens started collecting material at the beginning of the war with the filming of Dutch recruits. The idea of making a feature-length film came later. The film was modelled on the British documentary Britain Prepared (1915), which proved popular in The Netherlands.