Australia's Secret Heroes uncovers a dramatic forgotten period 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 multicultural 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.
DVD [1 disc], English language, subtitles, PAL, Region 4 (Australia/NZ)
Rating: M (Mature themes and war footage)
Duration: 156 minutes