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Post by Guest on Wed Sep 17, 2014 5:55 pm

The Darwin site of a WWII camp for a commando unit seen as the forerunner to the modern day SAS is in imminent danger of being demolished to make way for industry. The camp site of Z Special Unit — an elite special operations commando unit — is under threat because of the $110 million Marine Supply Base which opened on August 19 and is set for further expansion in the East Arm land area of Darwin Harbour. A bid to have the site protected by heritage listing could come too late, with a large swathe cut through the site for a drain and plans to develop the entire area. A heritage application to protect a nearby WWII RAAF base was refused — and that will soon be demolished.

Formed in 1942, Z Special Unit was a commando squad trained in covert skills such as silent killing, poisons, swimming undetected, plastic explosives and sabotage. Consisting mainly of Australian, British, Dutch and New Zealand members, but also — notable in a time ruled by the White Australia policy — it recruited fighters of Timorese and Indonesian heritage. It is credited by the Australian Army as the basis for the modern Special Air Services Regiment (SAS) reports abc.net.au

http://www.warhistoryonline.com/war-articles/final-defeat-looms-wwii-heroes-darwin-z-special-unit-commando-camp-site-faces-demolition-make-way-commerce.html

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Post by nicko on Wed Sep 17, 2014 6:00 pm

I remember it didge. most people who would care are dead now.
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Post by Guest on Wed Sep 17, 2014 6:02 pm

nicko wrote:I remember it didge. most people who would care are dead now.


Seems very wrong to me Nicko, that they should do this, as they should preserve it to honour them.

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Post by >THE Ben Reilly< on Wed Sep 17, 2014 8:21 pm

I always wondered, if you say "zed" instead of "zee," do you say "ved" instead of "vee" too, so that the alphabet song rhymes at the end? Smile
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Post by nicko on Wed Sep 17, 2014 9:03 pm

Hey mr wolf, I said I remember the buildings not the actual members.
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Post by Original Quill on Thu Sep 18, 2014 4:11 am

Interesting detail, Bee. Ties some things together.

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