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Ian Fleming's Commandos: The Story of 30 Assault Unit in WWII
 
 
Author
Nicholas Rankin.
Publisher Faber & Faber  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.25 x 1.4 inches
ISBN 9780571250622
Pages/Publication Date 397/2011
Daedalus Item Code 24021
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The man who would invent James Bond, Lieutenant-Commander Ian Fleming was the personal assistant to John Godfrey, Britain's Director of Naval Intelligence early in World War II (and the dynamic figure who later inspired Bond's fictional chief, "M"). Fleming presented the director with an idea to set up a commando unit of authorized looters, men who would go in alongside front-line troops with the express purpose of stealing enemy intelligence. Here the author of A Genius for Deception gives us a thrilling account of the unit's exploits and the eccentric personalities associated with it. Codenamed 30 Assault Unit, they took part in various major campaigns of World War II, landing on the Normandy beaches and helping to liberate Paris. Their final triumph was to seize the entire archives of the German Navy—30 tons of documents—which Fleming himself brought back to Britain.

"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

 
 
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