That is a lovely rig, wish I could find one for my collection. I have two, (deactivated, as they are in the UK), Dutch P06's in my collection, for that reason I have done some research on them and they have an interesting history.
They were bought for the Royal Netherlands Indies Army (K.N.I.L.) as 1armyBrat rightly points out, during the period that the Dutch began oil exploration in the East Indies Colonies.
The requirement to arm the East Indies colonies grew after WWI, requiring additional side arms. However, due to restrictions in place against Germany to manufacture weapons in military 9mm calibre, DWM subcontracted the UK Company Vickers, to fulfil the immediate post war Dutch contract. In 1919 Vickers received the order 6,000 Pistool M11’s, which was completed in 1921/23. I have just managed to add a 'VICKERS LTD' marked forward toggle link to my collection.
A third Dutch contract was placed and honoured by DWM in 1928, the 2nd example in my collection was part of this contract.
A characteristic of the Dutch M.11's , a peculiarity only found on the Dutch contract Parabellums, is "GELADEN" ,(safe), is stamped on both sides of the extractor.
During my research, I read that Lugers were issued to the Northern Australian Observer Unit (2/1 NAOU) in WW2, largely due to a shortage of service revolvers which were required for OS service. These were originally believed to be captured German Lugers, however, these could have been DWM or Vickers contract Luger’s from the Dutch East-Indies sent to Australia when the Dutch East-Indies fell. No doubt many fell into the hands of the Japanese too, as did many Dutch Thompsons. Again I read that Japanese war time records were found to list 723 Thompsons captured on Java.
My two pennith worth, before I shut down for the next few weeks, due to limited internet access.
Edited by rpbcps, 19 March 2018 - 02:56 PM.