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Z Special Unit

Z Special Unit—also known as Special Operations Executive (SOE), Special Operations Australia (SOA) or the Services Reconnaissance Department (SRD)—was a joint Allied special forces unit formed during the Second World War to operate behind Japanese lines in South East Asia. [1]

103 relations: Aitape–Wewak campaign, Allied Intelligence Bureau, Allies of World War II, Amphibious reconnaissance, Archibald Wavell, 1st Earl Wavell, Attack Force Z, Australian Army, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australian Defence Force, Australian National Maritime Museum, Australian War Memorial, Balikpapan, Beriberi, Borneo, Borneo campaign (1945), Broken Bay, Bungarus, Cairns, Captain (armed forces), Cargo ship, Commando, Consolidated B-24 Liberator, Destroyer, Donald Stott, Dutch East Indies, Exmouth Gulf, Far Eastern Liaison Office, Folding kayak, Fraser Commando School, Fraser Island, Full Powers, Garden Island (Western Australia), Gordon Highlanders, Guerrilla warfare, Harbour Defence Motor Launch, Heroes II: The Return, HMAS Cairns (naval base), HMAS HDML 1321, HMAS HDML 1324, Horsepower, Insurgency, Ivan Lyon, Jack Wong Sue, Junk (ship), Kelabit people, Lae War Cemetery, Landing craft, Legacy Australia, Limpet mine, Lugger, ..., Magnetic Island, Malay language, Mike Hindmarsh, Military intelligence, Motorised Submersible Canoe, MV Krait, Netherlands East Indies Forces Intelligence Service, New Guinea, Oerlikon 20 mm cannon, Operation Agas, Operation Copper, Operation Jaywick, Operation Opossum, Operation Python (1943–44), Operation Rimau, Operation Scorpion (World War Two), Operation Semut, Paratrooper, Port of Singapore, Rabaul, Raid (military), Reconnaissance, Returned and Services League of Australia, Rockingham, Western Australia, Royal Australian Navy, Sabotage, Samuel Warren Carey, Sarong, Search and rescue, Secret Intelligence Australia, Secrets of the Dead, Services Reconnaissance Department, South West Pacific theatre of World War II, Southeast Asia, Special forces, Special Operations Executive, Submarine, Surf break, Surveillance, The Heroes (miniseries), The Highest Honor, Thomas Blamey, Time in Australia, Timor, Tom Harrisson, Townsville, Trentham Military Camp, Troopship, Vulcan (volcano), Wellington, Williamstown, Victoria, World War II, Z Experimental Station. Expand index (53 more) »

Aitape–Wewak campaign

The Aitape–Wewak campaign was one of the final campaigns of the Pacific Theatre of World War II.

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Allied Intelligence Bureau

The Allied Intelligence Bureau (AIB) was a joint United States, Australian, Dutch and British intelligence and special operations agency during World War II.

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Allies of World War II

The Allies of World War II, called the United Nations from the 1 January 1942 declaration, were the countries that opposed the Axis powers together during the Second World War (1939–1945).

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Amphibious reconnaissance

Amphibious reconnaissance is ground and naval reconnaissance in the littoral area bordering coastal or ocean areas.

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Archibald Wavell, 1st Earl Wavell

Field Marshal Archibald Percival Wavell, 1st Earl Wavell (5 May 1883 – 24 May 1950) was a senior commander in the British Army.

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Attack Force Z

Attack Force Z (alternatively titled The Z Men) is a 1982 Australian/Taiwanese international co-productionWorld War II film, directed by Tim Burstall.

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Australian Army

The Australian Army is Australia's military land force.

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Australian Broadcasting Corporation

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) is Australia's state-owned and funded national public broadcaster.

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Australian Defence Force

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) is the military organisation responsible for the defence of Australia.

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Australian National Maritime Museum

The Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) is a federally operated maritime museum in Darling Harbour, Sydney.

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Australian War Memorial

The Australian War Memorial is Australia's national memorial to the members of its armed forces and supporting organisations who have died or participated in wars involving the Commonwealth of Australia.

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Balikpapan

Balikpapan is a seaport city on the east coast of the island of Borneo, in the Indonesian province of East Kalimantan.

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Beriberi

Beriberi refers to a cluster of symptoms caused primarily by a nutritional deficit in vitamin B1 (thiamine).

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Borneo

Borneo (Kalimantan, Borneo) is the third-largest island in the world and the largest island in Asia.

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Borneo campaign (1945)

The Borneo Campaign of 1945 was the last major Allied campaign in the South West Pacific Area during World War II.

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Broken Bay

Broken Bay, a semi–mature tide-dominated drowned valley estuary, is a large inlet of the Tasman Sea located about north of Sydney central business district on the coast of New South Wales, Australia; being one of the bodies of water that separate greater Metropolitan Sydney from the Central Coast.

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Bungarus

Bungarus is a genus of venomous elapid snakes, the kraits ("krait" is pronounced, rhyming with "kite"), found in South and Southeast Asia.

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Cairns

Cairns, is a major city in Queensland that is Australia's 14th largest city.

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Captain (armed forces)

The army rank of captain (from the French capitaine) is a commissioned officer rank historically corresponding to the command of a company of soldiers.

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Cargo ship

A cargo ship or freighter is any sort of ship or vessel that carries cargo, goods, and materials from one port to another.

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Commando

Commando is a soldier or operative of an elite light infantry or special operations force often specializing in amphibious landings, parachuting or abseiling.

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Consolidated B-24 Liberator

The Consolidated B-24 Liberator is an American heavy bomber, designed by Consolidated Aircraft of San Diego, California.

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Destroyer

In naval terminology, a destroyer is a fast maneuverable long-endurance warship intended to escort larger vessels in a fleet, convoy or battle group and defend them against smaller powerful short-range attackers.

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Donald Stott

Major Donald John Stott, DSO & Bar (23 October 1914 – 20 March 1945) was a New Zealand soldier and military intelligence agent during the Second World War.

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Dutch East Indies

The Dutch East Indies (or Netherlands East Indies; Nederlands-Indië; Hindia Belanda) was a Dutch colony that became modern Indonesia following World War II.

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Exmouth Gulf

Exmouth Gulf is a gulf in the north-west of Western Australia.

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Far Eastern Liaison Office

The Far Eastern Liaison Office (FELO) was a Second World War Propaganda and Field Intelligence unit set up under the orders of the Allied Land Commander, General Sir Thomas Blamey, on 19 June 1942.

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Folding kayak

A folding kayak is a direct descendant of the original Inuit kayak made of animal skins stretched over frames made from wood and bones.

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Fraser Commando School

The Fraser Commando School (FCS) was the main Services Reconnaissance Department training facility after training operations were transferred from the Z Experimental Station in October 1943.

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Fraser Island

Fraser Island is a heritage-listed island located along the southern coast of Queensland, Australia, approximately north of Brisbane.

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Full Powers

Full Powers is a term in international law and is the authority of a person to sign a treaty or convention on behalf of a sovereign state.

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Garden Island (Western Australia)

Garden Island is a slender island about long and wide, lying about off the Western Australian coast, to which it is now linked by a man-made causeway.

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Gordon Highlanders

The Gordon Highlanders was a line infantry regiment of the British Army that existed for 113 years, from 1881 until 1994 when it was amalgamated with the Queen's Own Highlanders (Seaforth and Camerons) to form the Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordons and Camerons) which was later merged with the Royal Scots Borderers, the Royal Highland Fusiliers (Princess Margaret's Own Glasgow and Ayrshire Regiment), the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) and the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders to form the Royal Regiment of Scotland, a large regiment.

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Guerrilla warfare

Guerrilla warfare is a form of irregular warfare in which a small group of combatants such as armed civilians or irregulars use military tactics including ambushes, sabotage, raids, petty warfare, hit-and-run tactics, and mobility to fight a larger and less-mobile traditional military.

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Harbour Defence Motor Launch

The harbour defence motor launch (HDML) was a British small motor vessel of the Second World War.

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Heroes II: The Return

Heroes II: the Return is a 1991 Australian mini-series about Operation Rimau during World War II.

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HMAS Cairns (naval base)

HMAS Cairns is a naval base of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) located in Cairns, Queensland.

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HMAS HDML 1321

HMAS HDML 1321, also known as Rushcutter was a 58-ton Harbour Defence Motor Launch of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

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HMAS HDML 1324

HMAS HDML 1324, also known as Nepean was a 58-ton Harbour Defence Motor Launch of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

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Horsepower

Horsepower (hp) is a unit of measurement of power (the rate at which work is done).

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Insurgency

An insurgency is a violent rebellion against a constituted authority (for example, an authority recognized as such by the United Nations) when those taking part in the rebellion are not recognized as belligerents.

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Ivan Lyon

Lieutenant-Colonel Ivan Lyon DSO, MBE (17 August 1915 – 16 October 1944) was a British soldier and military intelligence agent during Second World War.

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Jack Wong Sue

Jack Wong Sue OAM, DCM, JP (12 September 1925 – 16 November 2009), also known as Jack Sue, was a Chinese Australian from Perth, Western Australia.

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Junk (ship)

A junk is an ancient Chinese sailing ship design that is still in use today.

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Kelabit people

The Kelabit are an indigenous people of the Sarawak/North Kalimantan highlands of Borneo with a minority in the neighbouring state of Brunei.

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Lae War Cemetery

The Lae War Cemetery, established in 1944, is located adjacent to the Botanical Gardens in the centre of the city of Lae, the capital of Morobe Province, in Papua New Guinea.

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Landing craft

Landing craft are boats and seagoing vessels used to convey a landing force (infantry and vehicles) from the sea to the shore during an amphibious assault.

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Legacy Australia

Legacy is an Australian organisation, established in 1923 by ex-servicemen.

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Limpet mine

A limpet mine is a type of naval mine attached to a target by magnets.

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Lugger

A lugger is a class of boat, widely used as traditional fishing boats, particularly off the coasts of France, England and Scotland.

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Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island is an island offshore from the city of Townsville, Queensland, Australia.

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Malay language

Malay (Bahasa Melayu; Jawi script: بهاس ملايو) is a major language of the Austronesian family.

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Mike Hindmarsh

Major General Michael Simon "Mike" Hindmarsh is a retired senior officer of the Australian Army who currently occupies a senior position within the Army of the United Arab Emirates.

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Military intelligence

Military intelligence is a military discipline that exploits a number of information collection and analysis approaches to provide guidance and direction to commanders in support of their decisions.

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Motorised Submersible Canoe

The Motorised Submersible Canoe (MSC), nicknamed 'Sleeping Beauty', was built by British Special Operations Executive (SOE) during World War II as an underwater vehicle for a single frogman to perform clandestine reconnaissance or attacks against enemy vessels.

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MV Krait

The MV Krait is a wooden hulled vessel famous for its use during World War II by the Z Special Unit (Z Force) of Australia during the raid against Japanese ships anchored in Singapore Harbour.

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Netherlands East Indies Forces Intelligence Service

Netherlands East Indies Forces Intelligence Service (also known by the acronym NEFIS), was a Dutch World War II era intelligence and special operations unit operating mainly in the Japanese-occupied Netherlands East Indies (now Indonesia).

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New Guinea

New Guinea (Papua or, historically, Irian) is a large Island in the South West Pacific region.

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Oerlikon 20 mm cannon

and --> The Oerlikon 20 mm cannon is a series of autocannons, based on an original German 20 mm Becker design that appeared very early in World War I. It was widely produced by Oerlikon Contraves and others, with various models employed by both Allied and Axis forces during World War II, and many versions still in use today.

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Operation Agas

Operation Agas was a series of reconnaissance operations carried out by Australia's Z Special Unit during World War Two as part of the Borneo Campaign.

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Operation Copper

Operation Copper was carried out by the Allied commando unit Z Special Unit, during World War II.

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Operation Jaywick

Operation Jaywick was a special operation undertaken in World War II.

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Operation Opossum

Operation Opossum was a World War II raid undertaken by Australia's Z Special Unit in 1945 on the island of Ternate near Borneo to rescue the Sultan of Ternate, Iskander Muhammad Jabit Syah.

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Operation Python (1943–44)

Operation Python was carried out by the Allied commando unit Z Special Unit, during World War II.

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Operation Rimau

Operation Rimau was an attack on Japanese shipping in Singapore Harbour, carried out by an Allied commando unit Z Special Unit, during World War II using Australian built MKIII folboats.

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Operation Scorpion (World War Two)

Operation Scorpion was a proposed operation in World War Two by Australia's Z Special Unit.

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Operation Semut

Operation Semut was a series of reconnaissance operation carried out by Australia's Z Special Unit during World War Two as part of the Borneo Campaign.

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Paratrooper

Paratroopers are military parachutists — soldiers and others trained in parachuting into an operation and usually functioning as part of an airborne force.

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Port of Singapore

The Port of Singapore refers to the collective facilities and terminals that conduct maritime trade handling functions in harbours and which handle Singapore's shipping.

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Rabaul

Rabaul is a township in East New Britain province, on the island of New Britain, in the country of Papua New Guinea.

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Raid (military)

Raid, also known as depredation, is a military tactic or operational warfare mission which has a specific purpose and is not normally intended to capture and hold terrain, but instead finish with the raiding force quickly retreating to a previous defended position prior to enemy forces being able to respond in a co-ordinated manner or formulate a counter-attack.

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Reconnaissance

In military operations, reconnaissance is the exploration outside an area occupied by friendly forces to gain information about natural features and enemy presence.

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Returned and Services League of Australia

The Returned and Services League, Australia (RSL) is a support organisation for men and women who have served or are serving in the Defence Force.

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Rockingham, Western Australia

Rockingham is a city and primary centre in Western Australia south-west of the Perth city centre and south of Fremantle.

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Royal Australian Navy

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is the naval branch of the Australian Defence Force.

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Sabotage

Sabotage is a deliberate action aimed at weakening a polity or corporation through subversion, obstruction, disruption, or destruction.

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Samuel Warren Carey

Samuel Warren Carey AO (born 1 November 1911 in Campbelltown; died 20 March 2002 in Hobart) was an Australian geologist who was an early advocate of the theory of continental drift.

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Sarong

A sarong or sarung (Malay and Indonesian:, Malaysian:, Arabic: صارون; meaning "sheath" in Indonesian and Malay) is a large tube or length of fabric, often wrapped around the waist and worn by men and women throughout much of South Asia,Lungi Southeast Asia, the Arabian Peninsula, the Horn of Africa, and on many Pacific islands.

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Search and rescue

Search and rescue (SAR) is the search for and provision of aid to people who are in distress or imminent danger.

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Secret Intelligence Australia

Secret Intelligence Australia (SIA) was a British World War II intelligence unit commanded by Captain Roy Kendall who reported directly to MI6 in London.

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Secrets of the Dead

Secrets of the Dead is an ongoing PBS television series produced by Thirteen/WNET New York, which began in 2000.

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Services Reconnaissance Department

The Services Reconnaissance Department (SRD), also known as Inter-Allied Services Department (IASD), Special Operations Australia (SOA) and Section A, Allied Intelligence Bureau was an Australian military intelligence and special reconnaissance unit, during World War II.

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South West Pacific theatre of World War II

The South West Pacific theatre, during World War II, was a major theatre of the war between the Allies and Japan.

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Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia or Southeastern Asia is a subregion of Asia, consisting of the countries that are geographically south of China, east of India, west of New Guinea and north of Australia.

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Special forces

Special forces and special operations forces are military units trained to perform unconventional missions.

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Special Operations Executive

The Special Operations Executive (SOE) was a British World War II organisation.

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Submarine

A submarine is a watercraft capable of independent operation underwater.

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Surf break

A surf break (also break, shore break, or big wave break) is a permanent (or semi permanent) obstruction such as a coral reef, rock, shoal, or headland that causes a wave to break, forming a barreling wave or other wave that can be surfed, before it eventually collapses.

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Surveillance

Surveillance is the monitoring of the behavior, activities, or other changing information, usually of people for the purpose of influencing, managing, directing, or protecting them.

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The Heroes (miniseries)

The Heroes is a 1989 Australian mini-series about Operation Jaywick during World War II.

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The Highest Honor

The Highest Honor is a 1983 Japanese-Australian film about Operation Jaywick and Operation Rimau by Z Special Unit during World War II.

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Thomas Blamey

Field Marshal Sir Thomas Albert Blamey, (24 January 188427 May 1951) was an Australian general of the First and Second World Wars, and the only Australian to attain the rank of field marshal.

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Time in Australia

Australia uses three main time zones, Australian Western Standard Time (AWST; UTC+08:00), Australian Central Standard Time (ACST; UTC+09:30), and Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST; UTC+10:00).

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Timor

Timor is an island at the southern end of Maritime Southeast Asia, north of the Timor Sea.

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Tom Harrisson

Major Tom Harnett Harrisson DSO OBE (26 September 1911 – 16 January 1976) was a British polymath.

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Townsville

Townsville is a city on the north-eastern coast of Queensland, Australia.

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Trentham Military Camp

Trentham Military Camp is a New Zealand Defence Force facility located in Trentham, Upper Hutt, near Wellington.

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Troopship

A troopship (also troop ship or troop transport or trooper) is a ship used to carry soldiers, either in peacetime or wartime.

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Vulcan (volcano)

Vulcan is a pumice cone in Papua New Guinea.

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Wellington

Wellington is the capital city and second most populous urban area of New Zealand, with residents.

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Williamstown, Victoria

Williamstown is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 9 km south-west of Melbourne's central business district in the local government area of the City of Hobsons Bay.

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World War II

World War II (WWII or WW2), also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, though related conflicts began earlier.

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Z Experimental Station

The Z Experimental Station (ZES), Cairns was set up in July 1942, jointly by Secret Intelligence Australia and the Inter-Allied Services Department.

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References

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Z_Special_Unit

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