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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. Predominantly Australian, Z Special Unit was a specialist reconnaissance and sabotage unit that included British, Dutch, New Zealand, Timorese and Indonesian members, predominantly operating on Borneo and the islands of the former Netherlands East Indies. The unit carried out a total of 81 covert operations in the South West Pacific theatre, with parties inserted by parachute or submarine to provide intelligence and conduct guerrilla warfare.

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    Wewak, New Guinea 1942

    Portrait depicting Captain Henry William Nicholls, ‘Z’ Special Unit.

    Captain Nicholls led a Z Special Unit party ashore in Wewak, New Guinea area prior to its capture by 6th Australian Division, New Guinea.

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    Sandakan Death Marches, Borneo 1945

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    British Commonwealth Occupation Force of Japan, 1946-48

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