It turns out that British Commandos weren’t the only allied forces involved in the raid on Sarande in 1944. Landing with the British were 200 men from the 1st Parachute Squadron of the Assyrian Levies.
The Levies were attached to the RAF and came into existence as a result of the Paris peace conference of 1919. Britain decided to try and maintain control in its mandated Middle Eastern territories through air power. As a result the RAF recruited the Levies – who were also known as the RAF levies – from among the local population, primarily the Assyrians. They, rather than regular British troops, provided security for airbases and troops on the ground.The 1st Parachute Squadron was made up of roughly 150 Assyrians and 50 Kurds. In the picture below, taken in 1945 the Albanian flag is clearly visible in the front row.As far as I know they landed with the Commandos on ‘Sugar Beach’, north of Sarande, and were then shipped to a southern landing point known as ‘Parachute Beach’.The Levies attacked form the South, while the commandos attacked from the North. Four of their men died during the assault:Sergeant Odisho SulakaCorporal Yokhana MikhailSergeant Yokhana SliwoL/Corporal Lazar LokoThese four men are commemorated at the Athens Memorial Cemetery in Greece. (Though I cannot find a record for Lazar Loko on the CWGC database).You can read more about the Levies and the attack on Sarande here. This site is also the source of the images of the badge and the Parachute Squadron. It has more information about the Levies, including their time in Albania and many more photographs.Thanks to Joni who sent me these photographs of the 'Bay of the English'. This is 'Sugar Beach' where the initial landing took place.