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Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten and Major General Sir Frank Messervy with Force 136 leaders after their disbandment in Singapore, 1946

Photograph, World War Two, Far East, 1946.

Force 136 was a multi-national resistance force organised by the Special Operations Executive (SOE) to resist Japanese occupation in the Far East. Its operations in Malaya involved close collaboration with the Malayan Peoples' Anti-Japanese Army (MPAJA). This organisation was dominated by Chinese members of the Malayan Communist party who went on to play a leading role in the Malayan Emergency (1948-1960). Disbanded in December 1945, the MPAJA was supposed to hand in all of its Allied-supplied weaponry to the British Military Administration, but much of it remained hidden and was used by the Communists in their subsequent guerilla campaign.

From a collection of official photographs collected by Major General (later Lieutenant General) Sir Frank Walter Messervy.

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NAM. 1974-09-79-153


National Army Museum, Out of Copyright


National Army Museum, Study Collection

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