Ian Fleming’s Commandos: The Story of 30 Assault Unit in WWII by Nicholas Rankin is available from all good booksellers today, including Amazon. The book provides an interesting history into the commando unit set up by Ian Fleming to recover all manner of Nazi secrets such as code settings, secret documents and new technology being developed against the allies during the Second World War.
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?… 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.
Look out for our review of this book coming soon.