Ian Fleming's Commandos The Story of 30 Assault Unit in WWII

by Nicholas Rankin

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Ian Fleming's Commandos The Story of 30 Assault Unit in WWII Synopsis

In 1942, Lieutenant-Commander Ian Fleming was personal assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence - the dynamic figure behind James Bond's fictional chief, 'M'. Here, Fleming had a brilliant idea: why not set up a unit of authorised looters, men who would go in hard with the front-line troops and steal enemy intelligence? Known as '30 Assault Unit', they took part in the major campaigns of the Second World War, landing on the Normandy beaches and helping to liberate Paris. 30AU's final amazing coup was to seize the entire archives of the German Navy - thirty tons of documents. Ian Fleming flew out in person to get the loot back to Britain, where it was combed for evidence to use in the Nuremburg trials. In this gripping and highly enjoyable book, Nicholas Rankin, author of the best-selling Churchill's Wizards , puts 30 Assault Unit's fascinating story in a strategic and intelligence context. He also argues that Ian Fleming's Second World War service was one of the most significant periods of his life - without this, the most popular spy fiction of the twentieth century would not have been written.

Ian Fleming's Commandos The Story of 30 Assault Unit in WWII Press Reviews

'It is, first of all, chock-a-block full of wonderful stories and odd characters, and secondly awash in wonderful, arcane knowledge of the seamy and secret side of World War Two...suavely blended, like one of Bond's Martinis.' --Michael Korda, The Daily Beast


'A kind of cousin to Rankin's own A Genius for Deception: How Cunning Helped the British Win Two World Wars, this will appeal to all readers interested either in Ian Fleming or World War II secret operations.' - Library Journal

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ISBN: 9780571250639
Publication date: 03/05/2012
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780571250639
Publication date: 3rd May 2012
Author: Nicholas Rankin
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 416 pages
Genres: Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites, History,
Categories: Second World War, Special & elite forces, Military intelligence,

About Nicholas Rankin

Nicholas Rankin spent twenty years broadcasting for BBC World Service where he was Chief Producer and won two UN awards. He is the author of Dead Man's Chest, Telegram from Guernica and the bestselling Churchill's Wizards, the story of British intelligence in the two World Wars.

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