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The film's opening prologue states: "Z Special Force was a secret operations unit of the Australian Army in World War Two. It was made up of volunteers from all branches of the Allied Forces and came under the direct command of General Douglas Macarthur. Z Special carried out two hundred and eighty four undercover missions in the South West Pacific Area, the most famous being two daring raids codenamed 'Jaywick' and 'Rimau'. In the first of these, the 'KRAIT', a captured Japanese fishing boat set out from Australia on the longest range seaborne raid ever undertaken in the history of war. It penetrated deep into Japanese held territory covering, on the voyage, a total distance of eleven thousand miles. The events depicted in this film are true and are recorded in the military archives of the British, Australian and Japanese forces."
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The movie features Z Special Force aka Z Special Unit aka Z Force aka the Services Reconnaissance Department (SRD). This outfit was an Allied Special Foreces WW 2 specialist reconnaissance and sabotage unit which was also the subject of the producers' (John McCallum and Lee Robinson) previous film, Attack Force Z (1981). Z Force went on missions behind Japanese enemy lines in South-East Asia. The unit was comprised mainly of Australians but also included soldiers from New Zealand, Brtitain, Timor and Indonesia.
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The actual World War II mission that this movie is based on was Operation Rimau which was undertaken in 1944. This was an Allied mission of Z Special Force and was similar to an earlier mission entitled Operation Jaywick which had been undertaken one year earlier in September 1943. Operation Rimau's aim was to blow-up Japanese ships with limpet mines in Singapore Harbour.
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This film is based on WW II's Operation Rimau. The word Rimau is from the Malay language where it means "tiger". The mission was called this because LTC Ivan Lyon of the earlier Z Force mission Operation Jaywick had a tiger tattooed on his chest.
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The movie shows soldiers traveling in canoes in conducting their mission to blow-up enemy ships as was also the case during the mission in The Cockleshell Heroes (1955).
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The word "Krait" which forms part of one of this movie's alternate titles, "Heroes of the Krait", refers to a a wooden hulled fishing boat known as the MV Krait. This vessel was used by Z Special Force in Operation Jaywick to plant bombs on Japanese ships at Singapore Harbour in September 1943 during World War II. The mission successfully sunk seven Japanese ships of war. The boat's original title prior to Allied ownership was "Kofuku Maru". She was renamed the "MV Krait" in 1942 by the Allied Forces when the vessel was handed over to the Australian Military. The boat was named after a Krait which is actually a type of snake. Many Australian Commando Unit vessels have since been named after snakes since the successful Operation Jaywick mission. This movie is based on two WW II Allied missions of which Operation Jaywick is one.
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This film's closing epilogue reads: "The ten Rimau prisoners, executed on July 7th, 1945, one month before the war ended, are today buried in the Kranji War Cemetery in Singapore."
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This film is based on two WW II missions: Operation Jaywick and Operation Rimau. The latter was an Allied mission of Z Special Force and was similar to Operation Jaywick which had been undertaken one year earlier in September 1943. Operation Rimau's aim was to blow-up Japanese ships with limpet mines in Singapore Harbour. The word Rimau is from the Malay language where it means "tiger". The mission was called this because LTC Ivan Lyon of the earlier Z Force mission Operation Jaywick had a tiger tattooed on his chest.
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This film's closing epilogue states: "The ten Rimau prisoners, executed on July 7th, 1945, one month before the war ended, are today buried in the Kranji War Cemetery in Singapore."
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In the producers' previous movie, Attack Force Z (1981), it's opening prologue referred to events portrayed in this film. It states: "Z Special Force was a secret operations unit of the Australian Armed Services in World War Two. It was made up of volunteers from all branches of the Allied Forces and came under direct command of General 'Douglas Macarthur'. Z Special carried out two hundred and eighty-four war time missions in the Pacific. The most publicised of these were the successful canoe raid on Singapore harbour from the 'Krait' and the subsequent Rimau raid in which all twenty three participants were either killed in action or executed. The events depicted in this film are an honest and unflinching account of the type of operation carried out by our unit during the war." 'John R. Gardner' President Z Special Force Association of New South Wales
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