- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Awarded on:
- January 28th, 1948
- Awarded for:
- Operation Market Garden
"In September 1944, SHAEF, working in conjunction with the Dutch Government and H.R.H. Prince BERNHARD through Special Force Headquarters, wished to unify the Dutch Interior Resistance organisations in order to achieve the co-ordinated execution of SHAEF directives for action against the enemy. General KOOT, who had been living in retirement in HOLLAND, was considered, by virtue of his attainments and prestige, to be the most suitable person to undertake this difficult task.
Acting in conjunction with the chiefs of the various organisations General KOOT formed a Council of Resistance which operated in AMSTERDAM. This Council carried out the co-ordination of the K.P., R.V.V., O.D. and other Resistance organisations throughout HOLLAND into one body known as the Netherlands Interior Forces. This body was under the direct command of General KOOT and through him of Prince Bernhard as delegate of the Supreme Allied Commander. Fourteen regional commanders were appointed, the interior communications network perfected, exterior communications strengthened and equipment, arming and training of the forces carried out in co-operation with Special Force H.Q. SHAEF directives were transmitted to General KOOT by Special Force H.Q. in the execution of which Resistance did valuable service during the advance in E. HOLLAND.
General KOOT was also responsible for planning, in conjunction with the Netherlands Government, the part to be played by Resistance in assuring order and in other security tasks in the cessation of hostilities and entry of Allied troops. The putting into effect of this programme was of immense benefit to the Allies in the initial period after the armistice, when available troops were too few to carry out alone the effective occupation of Western HOLLAND.
General KOOT took a very prominent part in the negotiations with the enemy which culminated in the surrender of the German forces in HOLLAND as part of the general surrender in N.W. EUROPE to 21 Army Group."
British Royal approval on 11 June 1947