Arnout Van A. (no login) Posted Nov 28, 2010 4:25 AM
"Helfrich was a born leader, and he was very much appreciated by his subordinates. He was a real "sailor's admiral" who indeed cared for his men. He was a dynamic, aggressive personality, very communicative and with a good sense of public relations, but at times he could be ruthless. He was not an intellectual high-flyer, but compensated this by getting things done. He remained to the end very much attached to his native land, the NEI, which he indeed defended almost to the last ship, sending Admiral Doorman to his doom at the Battle of the Java-Sea, about which he had no regrets."