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

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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.

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Drawing mostly from their own accounts, tells the story of the secret guerilla fighters, mostly Australian but including some English and Scots, who harried the Japanese among islands in the South Pacific from 1940 to 1945 under the auspices of the British government and with the support of US warships. Describes actions in Borneo, Woody Island, Tourane Bay, Balikpapan, Sarawak, and elsewhere. Maps are abundantly provided, and contemporary photographs give faces to the accounts. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275954086
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/1996
  • Pages: 208
  • Lexile: 1080L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

A. B. FEUER is a military historian and freelance newspaper and magazine journalist.

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Table of Contents

1 The Beginnings of Allied Intelligence and the Pensacola Convoy 1
2 The "Rimau" Expedition 11
3 Commando Training: Cecil Anderson's Story 17
4 Operation "Python" in Borneo 25
5 Operation "Politician": The USS Bream Patrols 41
6 The USS Pargo at Woody Island 51
7 The "Politician" Patrols of the USS Bluegill 59
8 The USS Boarfish and "Politician" at Tourane Bay 79
9 Operation "Starfish" and the USS Rock 81
10 The USS Perch II and "Platypus" at Balikpapan 91
11 The USS Hawkbill and Operation "Crocodile" 101
12 "Semut" Operations and the Invasion of Sarawak 113
13 "Semut IV": Rowan Waddy's Story 115
14 Rescue from New Britain: Fred Hargesheimer's Story 135
Epilogue 159
Afterword 161
Afterword 163
Selected Bibliography 165
Index 167
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