In 1941, the United Kingdom faced its darkest hour: it stood alone against the Germans, who had chased British forces out of France, Norway, and Greece. All it had left were desperate measures--commando raids, intelligence coups, feats of derring-do. Any such "novel enterprise," wrote Admiral John Godfrey, Director of Naval Intelligence, required "an officer with drive and imagination of the highest order." He found one in Commander Ian Fleming.InIan Fleming's Commandos, Nicholas Rankin tells the exciting story of a secret intelligence outfit conceived and organized by Fleming. Named 30 Assault Unit, the group was expected to seize enemy codebooks, cipher machines, and documents in high-stakes operations. The unit first saw action in the TORCH landings in North Africa in 1942, followed by missions during the invasion of Italy, the Normandy landings, and the liberation of Paris. Rankin vividly describes hair-raising adventures as well as more methodical work, such as the compilation of an exhaustive list of every firm supplying the German navy and studies of strategic raw-material chokepoints.
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September 01, 2011
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