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A monument commemorates Z Force who were a special group of commandos who trained in or around Cairns in World War Two. The monument was moved from HMAS Cairns naval base and rededicated.
Often known as Z Force, a joint Australian, British and New Zealand Commando Unit, saw action against the Japanese during World War Two. Z Special Unit carried out 284 covert operations in the South West Pacific Theatre. The most well-known of these are, a Kayak Raid on Singapore Harbour called Operation Jaywick and the subsequent Operation Rimau, in which all 23 participants were either killed in action or executed.
The MV Krait is a wooden hulled vessel famous for its use during by the Z Special Unit (Z Force) of Australia during the raid against Japanese ships anchored in Singapore Harbour. The raid was known as Operation Jaywick.
|Address:||Esplanade, near Cenotaph, Cairns, 4870|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -16.917332|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||03-September-1939|
|Actual Event End Date:||15-August-1945|
|Approx. Monument Dedication Date:||October-2007|
1939 WORLD WAR II 1945
In Memory Of The "HEROES" of M & Z Special Commando Units Who Trained On This Site And The Gallant Ship "KRAIT"
This Memorial Was Erected By The Queensland Commando Association.