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The Somerton Man Case. The body of a man found on an Australian beach close to a major Atomic Testing ground, he was probably poisoned, a copy of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam and an unbroken Code page found and associated to him. Set against a Cold War background in 1948, was this man a spy? We think so and this blog focuses on the evidence that was left behind and in some cases missed, the Code page, Dry Cleaning numbers, A Poem and a small, torn piece of paper bearing the words TAMAM SHUD.

Friday, 28 July 2017

SOMERTON MAN: M SPECIAL UNIT, LIST OF SOLDIERS

'M' SPECIAL UNIT SOLDIERS



The 'M' Special unit was the intelligence division of the 'Z' Special Force. Its role was not to directly engage and fight the enemy but to support their colleagues through any intelligence means possible. Their role was in fact to avoid direct action, they were to keep their presence secret.

This secrecy was essential if they were to be effective, they learnt and understood the various Japanese codes, helped to 'crack' them and reported back regularly to Central Bureau on their findings.

Their role in life is not to be underestimated, some of these men were very much 'in' on many of Australia's greatest secrets.

One such secret was the passing of information by the Russians to the Japanese as outlined in the previous post on this topic. It revealed that there was a leak from a particular Government
Department of highly sensitive information. The Department was headed by one 'Doc' Evatt, but officially known as H.E. Evatt.

During research I found a book, it's called 'Soldiers of M Special Unit', there are approximately 400 men listed as members of the unit and there are some interesting names amongst them is a Lt. P.M. Evatt and his next of kin is listed as H. Evatt. It is known that 'Doc' Evatt had a son named Peter.

I don't honestly know if there is a direct connection between the two men but given the nature of this research, anything that looks or sound unusual should be passed on.

The service number of this man is NX101412. he also has another service number being N276468 when he was a member of the New Guinea Wireless company.

If anyone would like a copy of the full list of these men, please contact me via the blog.

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