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M Special Unit
Members of M Special Unit with New Guineans in August 1945
Members of M Special Unit with New Guineans in August 1945
Active 1943–1945
Country Australia Australia
New Zealand New Zealand
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Role Close target reconnaissance
intelligence gathering
Part of Service Reconnaissance Department of the Allied Intelligence Bureau
Engagements New Guinea campaign
Battle honours No battle honours were awarded

M Special Unit, was part of the Services Reconnaissance Department, a joint Australian, New Zealand and British military intelligence reconnaissance unit, which saw action against the Japanese during World War II.[1] It was formed in 1943, as a successor to the coastwatchers and unlike its counterpart, Z Special Unit (Z Special) which was involved in a number of notable direct-action commando-style raids, M Special Unit's role was more clandestine focusing mainly upon gathering intelligence on Japanese shipping and troop movements by sending small teams behind enemy lines via infiltration by sea, air or land. It operated primarily in New Guinea and the Solomon Islands between 1943–1945[2] and was disbanded at the end of the war.

Notes

  1. ^ Horner 1989, pp. 25–27.
  2. ^ Horner 1989, p. 26.

References

  • Horner, David. (1989). SAS Phantoms of the Jungle: A History of the Australian Special Air Service. Allen & Uniwin: Sydney. ISBN 1-86373-007-9

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