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Australia's Secret Heroes

Model:
SBS1616
SKU:
564951
PLU: 9322225196568
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.
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.
Format - DVD
Genre - TV Documentary
Rating - M
Consumer Advice - Mature themes and war footage
Release Date - 09/07/14

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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.

Over three episodes, the series interweaves the story of Z Special’s historic missions with a contemporary narrative – bringing to life the Z men’s tactics, fighting skills and war craft by recreating their jungle training regime in the present day and putting the Z men’s own descendants through it. The series culminates in an emotional expedition to Borneo, scene of one of Z Special’s most celebrated and arduous campaigns.

Film GenreTV Documentary
LabelSBS
AudioEnglish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Running Time156
Aspect ratio1.78:1
Region Coding4
TV StandardPAL
RatingM
Consumer AdviceMature themes and war footage
Year of Release2014
Primary Format - Movies/TVDVD
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