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Commando!: The M/Z Unit's Secret War Against Japan
     

Commando!: The M/Z Unit's Secret War Against Japan

by A. B. Feuer, John Keith Leasure, Robert Barr Smith
 

ISBN-10: 0275954080

ISBN-13: 9780275954086

Pub. Date: 04/28/1996

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

This little-known story of Australia's M/Z Unit commandos, and the part they played in the Southwest Pacific during World War II, is a fascinating account of daring, clandestine operations conducted by the Allies deep into enemy-held territory. M Unit personnel were secretly landed to set up coastwatching posts and radio stations to report on Japanese shipping

Overview

This little-known story of Australia's M/Z Unit commandos, and the part they played in the Southwest Pacific during World War II, is a fascinating account of daring, clandestine operations conducted by the Allies deep into enemy-held territory. M Unit personnel were secretly landed to set up coastwatching posts and radio stations to report on Japanese shipping movements and bombing flights heading to raid Allied positions. Members of the Z Unit carried out assigned raids into enemy controlled areas, and also attacked targets of opportunity. Many commandos were delivered on their missions by U.S. Navy submarines that sneaked into dangerously shallow waters to put the men ashore—and then returned to pick them up. Other operatives were inserted by PT boats, Catalina aircraft, parachute, and snake boats. Many of these operations are still classified.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275954086
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/28/1996
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)
Lexile:
1080L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Colonel Robert Barr Smith, USA, (Ret.)

Acknowledgments

The Beginnings of Allied Intelligence and the Pensacola Convoy

The "Rimau" Expedition

Commando Training

Operation "Python" in Borneo

Operation "Politician": The USS Bream Patrols

The USS Pargo at Woody Island

The "Politician" Patrols of the USS Bluegill

The USS Boarfish and "Politician" at Tourane Bay

Operation "Starfish" and the USS Rock

The USS Perch II and "Platypus at Balikpapan

The USS Hawkbill and Operation "Crocodile

"Semut" Operations and the Invasion of Sarawak

"Semut IV": Rowan Waddy's Story

Rescue From New Britain: Fred Hargesheimer's Story

Epilogue

Afterword by Captain George W. Folta, USN, (Ret.)

Afterword by Captain John Keith Leasure, USNR, (Ret.)

Selected Bibliography

Index

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