Two World War II military groups were called Force Z
- An Allied force attached to General Sir Archibald Wavell's Middle East Command in 1941, consisting of Nos. World War II, or the Second World War, (often abbreviated WWII) was a global military conflict which involved a majority of the world's nations, including Field Marshal Archibald Percival Wavell 1st Earl Wavell GCB, GCSI, GCIE, CMG, MC, PC (5 May 1883 – 24 May During World War II the British Middle East Command was based in Cairo with responsibility for the Middle East theatre which included North Africa 7, 8, and 11 Commando, along with the locally raised Combined Middle East Commando. The British Commandos were first formed by the British Army in June 1940 during World War II as a well-armed but non-regimental raider force employing unconventional The force was later renamed "Layforce" after their commander Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Laycock. Layforce was a light military force consisting of three United Kingdom raised Special Service Battalions under the command of a Major (each consisted of two Special Service Companies Major General Sir Robert Edward Laycock KCMG, CB, DSO, KStJ ( 18 April 1907 &ndash 10 March
- An Allied naval detachment consisting of the battleship HMS Prince of Wales, the battlecruiser HMS Repulse, and four destroyers, sent to intercept Japanese landings in Malaya. Naming The Admiralty ordered construction of two new ''King George V''-class Battleships on 29 July 1936 (the other became HMS ''King George V'') Service in World War I Repulse first saw action on 17 November 1917 at the Second Battle of Heligoland Bight. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Japan topics. The Battle of Malaya was a campaign fought by Allied and Japanese forces in Malaya, from December 8 1941 to January 31 Prince of Wales and Repulse were sunk by Japanese air attack on 10 December 1941. The Sinking of Prince of Wales and Repulse was a World War II naval engagement which illustrated the effectiveness of aerial attacks Events 1041 - Empress Zoe of Byzantium elevates her adoptive son to the throne of the Eastern Roman Empire as Michael V Year 1941 ( MCMXLI) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (the link will display 1941 calendar of the Gregorian calendar.
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