This week in the War, 2–8 July 1945: Ivan Lyon and Z Force

Ivan Lyon enjoying a beer with friends, Brisbane 1944 [Public domain, wiki]

This week in the war saw the final and sad end of Lieutenant Colonel Ivan Lyon’s Z Force.

Since the fall of Singapore, Lyon had served with special forces (British, Australian and Free French) that were fighting behind the Japanese lines.

In September 1943, he led a successful raid against Japanese shipping in Singapore harbor.

He died while engaged in a similar raid in October 1944.

All of the members of Z Force were eventually killed or captured. Those captured were executed by beheading on 7 July 1945.



Once over twenty strong, Z Force had begun

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