William Abraham Simon Ouderland was a Dutch Australian military commando officer. He participated actively in World War II. For his direct contribution to the liberation war of Bangladesh, the government of Bangladesh gave him the title of the fourth highest military title of Bangladesh. He is the only foreigner to be honored with this state title. He is particularly respected and memorable for the Bengali nation for his immense love for Bangladesh. As a sign of respect for his memory, a street in Gulshan, capital of Bangladesh, was named. The Netherlands was born on December 6, 1917, in the city of Amsterdam, Netherlands. Australia was the homeland of Oudlandland. He did not get any academic education. At the age of 17, she had to take a job of shoe polishing for a living, and later she joined the Bata Sue Company. Two years after leaving the job, Ouderland enrolled in the Dutch National Service before Germany took possession of Germany in 1936. Later, he was appointed to the position of Royal Signayal Corre sergeant and he had 36 members in his team. He remained in that position until 1944. He then participated in World War II as the Guerrilla Commando of the Dutch Forces. Ouderland was arrested as a result of Germany’s capture of the Netherlands and France and Belgium. However, he was able to escape from captivity and was trained to train the troops returned from Germany. Ouderland was proficient in German and Dutch, and through this he worked as an undercover spy for the Dutch underground regency movement.
Ouderland came to Dhaka from Dhaka in late 1970s as the managing director of Bata Sue Company in Dhaka. Within a few months he was promoted to the post of executive director. While working in Tongi Bata Shoe Factory, on 5th March 1971, in front of the Meghna Textile Mill, in front of the workers gathering in front of the EPR members saw the incident of firing. The mass movement of East Pakistan in March 1971, Operation Searchlight on March 25 and later, was shocked at the indiscriminate killings and brutal barbarism of the Pakistani military and decided to help Bangladesh in war. Being a Chief Executive Officer of Multan, like Bata Swe Company, There were opportunities for travel. Due to this advantage, he decided to immobilize the policymakers of the Pakistani military and spying on Bangladesh. He first established an intimate voice with Captain Lt. Col. Sultan Newaz, 22 Baloch Regiment commander of Dhaka Cantonment. That started with the free movement of his cantonment in Dhaka cantonment. In this he became familiar and intimate with the number of senior army officers. In this way, at the same time, his interest was developed with Lieutenant General Tikka Khan, Eastern Commander Lieutenant General Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi, Advisor Civil Affairs Major General Rao Farman Ali, and many other military civilian officials. Niazi’s Eastern Command Headquarters honored him as a guest of honor. In that opportunity, he collected all security clearances. When there was no difficulty in the cantonment, then there was no difficulty in the journey. He often had the chance to participate in the meeting of military officers in the cantonment. At one stage, he started collecting secret news from Pakistanis. He had sent secret messages to Captain A of Sector 2. T. M. Haider and Z-Force Commander Lieutenant General Ziaur Rahman
He secretly provided food supply, financial assistance and help in different ways to the freedom fighters. In the second world war, as a guerrilla commando, he was trained as a member of the freedom fighter guerrilla section of Sector 2, who was trained in regular guerrilla warfare training by freedom fighters in some secret camps in Tongi, including the Ouderland Bata factory premises. As commando he was a weapon, ammunition and explosives expert. At one stage he risked his life and got down to the war. He was in trouble with the Bengali warriors in Tongi, Bhairab railway line, destroying the culvert, and invert the communication system. In his plans and operations, many operations took place in Dhaka and its adjoining areas. According to a certificate given by Major Haider, Ouderland has helped the people of the liberation war with training, counseling, cash, medical supplies, warm clothes and weapons. In addition to this, he also presented the photograph of the brutal torture and genocide of Pakistani forces in Bangladesh early in the liberation war, in secret to the external media. Started and liberation war Contributed greatly to the development of world public opinion in favor. In this he himself wrote that I got back the experience of the youth of Europe. It seems that the world should know about what is happening in Bangladesh. After 29 years of war memorial left in Europe, Nazi forces again met again in 1971 in barbarous Pakistani soldiers in Tongi. He was deeply hurt by the brutal Pakistani army in Tongi seeing the brutal killings of the brutal killings. So Oudlandland decided to take part in the fight directly. During the war, he was the chief commander, MA AG.