Es­cape Fac­tory

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Satur­day, 9.30pm, His­tory In the years since World War II, US in­tel­li­gence has stead­fastly re­fused to de­clas­sify the work of the unit known as MIS-X (Mil­i­tary In­tel­li­gence Ser­vice-X), based at Fort Hunt, Vir­ginia. This in­trigu­ing doc­u­men­tary ex­plains how the unit, mod­elled on Bri­tain’s MI9, trained Amer­i­can pi­lots to send back coded mes­sages if they were cap­tured by the Ger­mans. It even man­aged to hide maps, money, com­passes, ra­dios and guns in­side hu­man­i­tar­ian parcels from fictitious char­i­ties sent to pris­on­ers of war. The unit main­tained com­mu­ni­ca­tion with US air­men in 64 Ger­man camps and helped 737 soldiers es­cape. Dis­banded af­ter the war, its in­cred­i­ble work has re­mained top se­cret — why?

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