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

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

by A. B. Feuer
     
 

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

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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.

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

Maps
Photographs
Foreword
Acknowledgments
1The Beginnings of Allied Intelligence and the Pensacola Convoy1
2The "Rimau" Expedition11
3Commando Training: Cecil Anderson's Story17
4Operation "Python" in Borneo25
5Operation "Politician": The USS Bream Patrols41
6The USS Pargo at Woody Island51
7The "Politician" Patrols of the USS Bluegill59
8The USS Boarfish and "Politician" at Tourane Bay79
9Operation "Starfish" and the USS Rock81
10The USS Perch II and "Platypus" at Balikpapan91
11The USS Hawkbill and Operation "Crocodile"101
12"Semut" Operations and the Invasion of Sarawak113
13"Semut IV": Rowan Waddy's Story115
14Rescue from New Britain: Fred Hargesheimer's Story135
Epilogue159
Afterword161
Afterword163
Selected Bibliography165
Index167

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