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M & Z Force Memorial : 13-September-2011
M & Z Force Memorial : 13-September-2011

Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

A plaque commemorates the fallen officers and men of the Australian Independent Companies Commando Squadron M and Z Special units.

M Special Unit, was a joint Allied special reconnaissance unit, part of the Services Reconnaissance Department, in the South West Paciific theatre of World War Two. A joint Australian, New Zealand, Dutch and British military intelligence unit, it saw action in New Guinea and the Solomon Islands between 1943–1945, against the Empire of Japan.

Z Special Uniwas a joint Allied special forces unit formed during the Second World War to operate behind Japanese lines in South East Asia. Z Special Unit was assembled from mainly Australian, British, Dutch and New Zealand members but it also recruited fighters of Timorese and Indonesian heritage. 

In 1943, in what is regarded by many as the most successful clandestine military operation ever — Operation Jaywick — a team of 14 Z Special Unit commandos paddled into Singapore harbour in kayaks and attached limpet mines to Japanese enemy shipping. The stealthy raiders sank seven ships or 39,000 tonnes before escaping home to Australia undiscovered.


Address:Birdwood Avenue, Shrine Reserve, Melbourne, 3000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.830139
Long: 144.973276
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event STart Date:03-September-1939
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945


Front Inscription

1939 World War II 1945.
Of The Officers And Men Of
Australian Independent Companies
Commando Squadron
M + Z Special Units
Who Gave Their Lives For Their Country

Source: VMR,RHSV
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