Operation Python (1943–44)

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Operation Python
(I, II, III and IV)
Part of World War II
Date 1943 – 1944
Location North Borneo
Belligerents
Z Special Unit
North Borneo Natives
War flag of the Imperial Japanese Army.svg Imperial Japanese Army
Naval Ensign of Japan.svg Imperial Japanese Navy

Operation Python was carried out by the Allied commando unit Z Special Unit, during World War II. The objective of the mission was to set up a wireless station near Labian Point in North Borneo and undertake covert operations reporting on the sea lane of the Imperial Japanese Navy in the Sibutu Passage and the Balabac Strait of the Sulu Sea. The operation was split into Python I and Python II.

Operation Python I[edit]

Led by Major F. G. L. Chester, the Z Special Unit operatives landed along Labian Point in early October 1943. They also supported and provided equipment and stores for Filipino guerrillas under the command of an American officer, Captain J. A. Hamner.

Operation Python II[edit]

In January 1944, Bill Jinkins led Z Special Unit operatives with the objective of organising the native population for guerrilla warfare. These early efforts did not bear any significant results.

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