Success and failure in the port of Singapore—Z Special Unit and the Jaywick and Rimau raids


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AWM 067338. The Krait, used in Operation Jaywick and now on permanent display at the National Maritime Museum. 

In 1943 and 1944, Australian special forces launched two seaborne attacks on Japanese shipping in Singapore Harbour, Operation Jaywick and Operation Rimau. The attacks were characterised by stealth and audacity; one was wildly successful, the other resulted in the loss of all participants for little or no result.

Working through the activity

This activity requires the preparation of a report comparing the two operations, which are described in detail in the activity material. The activity is completely self-contained within a single, 6 page Acrobat™ file (176kb). 

All that needs to be done is to download the Acrobat™ file, and distribute it in either print or digital form to activity participants.

NOTE: While the activity material contains sufficient information to complete the activity, more information about these operations is available on this website:
[ Operation Jaywick ] (Opens in a new browser window)
[ Operation Rimau ] (Available early 2004)

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