Z Force

Discussion in 'Special Forces' started by Warlord, Oct 9, 2007.

  1. Warlord

    Warlord Veteran wannabe

    As far as my knowledge goes, there was a Commonwealth commando unit called Z Force, which among others, made an antishipping raid on Singapore Harbor. Can anyone help me get deeper on the subject, including if this (these) operations had anything to do with the Royal Marines raid and the use of SOE´s Sleeping Beauty?
  2. Hugh MacLean

    Hugh MacLean Senior Member

  3. Warlord

    Warlord Veteran wannabe

    RIMAU was when the commandos got caught on their way out, hunted down from island to island, and the captured survivors eventually executed a few days before the war´s end?
  4. Hugh MacLean

    Hugh MacLean Senior Member

  5. Warlord

    Warlord Veteran wannabe

    Thanks for the information.

    Care to join, anyone else?
  6. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

  7. Doc

    Doc Senior Member

    There was also an earlier "Z Force", fighting in the Middle East in the 1920s-- It is most famous for having some of the earliest UK airplane ambulances deployed (DH-9s). Doc
  8. Warlord

    Warlord Veteran wannabe

    Fighting in the Middle East in the ´20s? Palestine, perhaps?
  9. Doc

    Doc Senior Member

    RAF "Z" Force was a relatively successful effort at "air policing" which took place in British Somaliland in 1920. It was an attempt to put down an uprising by Mohammed Ahmed Ibn Seyyid Abdullah, called the "Mad Mullah", who was originally based in Sudan. Doc
  10. spidge


    Z Special Unit

    Z Special Unit was a top secret unit formed in 1942 as a special operations group to gather intelligence and carry out sabotage right at the heart of the enemy. Its members were sworn to secrecy about their operations, and were highly trained as silent and effective killers.

    More here halfway down the page:

    Two Events of 1943


    Z Special Unit (sometimes called Z Force), WW2
  11. JungleJ

    JungleJ Junior Member

    I have photos of the graves of those executed and the other KIA from Op RIMAU that are buried at Kranji if anyone is interested.
  12. Richelieu

    Richelieu Well-Known Member

    The NAA has made a lot of documents available online about both raids.



    Interestingly, Major Ivan Lyon, as he was at the time, who had received an immediate DSO for JAYWICK, was recommended by the Australian Prime Minister, John Curtin, in August 1944, to have this upgraded to a VC. Not sure what the decision process was, but he didn’t receive the higher award. This letter was evidently acted upon however with respect to Lieutenant Robert Page whose immediate MC was upgraded to a DSO. Both awards were gazetted LG 37730 17/9/1946.

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