The journey of Australia’s first covert special force - Z Special Unit
This series uncovers a dramatic forgotten episode of Australia’s Second World War involvement. Combining penetrating big-picture history of the Pacific war with gripping personal narrative, it charts the journey of Z Special, a covert jungle warfare unit and forerunner of today’s special force units.
The most multi-cultural unit in the Australian army, their history represents a fulcrum point for race relations in Australia. At a time when the White Australia policy prevailed and the nation was gripped with fear about the Japanese “yellow peril”, in Z Special Unit Asian Australians, white Australians, Malays, Chinese, Filipinos, and Timorese all trained and fought side by side.
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