Admiral Louw Verduijn
Admiral Louw Verduijn, often simply called "de Admiraal" (born: on 3rd November 1881) was a Dutch navy officer and statesman who led the Netherlands during the great war against France. He chaired the provisional government until the elections took place in 1941, he thus from august 1st 1937 up until October 18th, 1941 led the Netherlands. He is generally considered to be the only “military leader” the Netherlands has had, as, during his chairing of the provisional council, he maintained his function as Admiraal van de Vloot and commander of the armed forces. He is considered a key figure in how early post-war Dutch politics worked, setting the Dutch colonial doctrine that led to the EIC and Netherlands' relations with its European neighbours.