RAHS Day Lecture – Secret and Special: The Untold Story of the Z Special Unit in the Second World War
July 7 @ 13:00 - 14:00Free
While war raged across the globe, the Japanese were facing a series of audacious operations across their occupied territories, undertaken by the highly secret Special Operations Australia, more popularly known as the Z Special Unit. Operational areas included PNG, Timor, Borneo, Sarawak, the Molucca and Celebes, Singapore, even Indochina. Since 1945, while a number of books have been written, mainly limited editions by ex-operatives covering specific operations, this general history covers the majority of the operations between September 1942 and late 1945.
About the speaker: Will Davis is a graduate historian from the ANU in Canberra and holds a PhD from that university. He started work at the Commonwealth Film Unit in 1972, worked at the BBC and in Hollywood in the 1970s before setting up his documentary production company LOOK FILM PRODUCTIONS in 1977, one of the most prolific documentary production company during the period 1983-2003. Between that time and his retirement in 2010, he made many documentaries, mainly for the ABC and SBS. He is the author of ten books. He was until recently a member of the NSW Centenary of Anzac Advisory Council and is the Founder and Chairman of the Pozieres French Australian School Project, (the Charles Bean School).