NETHERLANDS EAST INDIES FORCES
INTELLIGENCE SECTION, DIVISION III (NEFIS III)
IN AUSTRALIA DURING WW2
Section C of the Allied Intelligence Bureau initially comprised the following sub-sections:-
1. North-east Area - mainly Coast Watch Organisation later called Combined Field Intelligence Service
2. Philippines (the Philippines Regional Section was later established as a separate section)
3. Netherlands East Indies Forces Intelligence Section NEFIS (Division III later became a separate section)
Netherlands East Indies Forces Intelligence Section NEFIS comprised three sections:-
Section I - General Intelligence
Section II - Security
Section III - Special Intelligence and Special Operations
The unit did not officially adopt the term NEFIS until 1 April 1943. The origins of NEFIS were from Marine en Leger Inlichtingen Dienst (MLID) (Navy and Army Intelligence Service) that had been established as a Dutch intelligence organisation in Australia from March 1942).
When sufficient Dutch personnel became available, the Netherlands East Indies Forces Intelligence Section, Division III (NEFIS III) was established as a separate section of AIB.
The first Commanding Officer was Lieutenant-Commander J.J. Quere under the supervision of Commander Salm. The Dutch provided a few old submarines and injected money in the operations. NEFIS III worked closely with Secret Intelligence Australia (SIA) which was Section B of the Allied Intelligence Bureau.
NEFIS III had its headquarters at 225 Domain Road, South Yarra.
NEFIS III concentrated on economic and political information for use after the war had ended. Some Dutch guerrillas were known to have worked in the Vogelkop Peninsula in New Guinea for a period of time.
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