1. 'Ian Fleming's Secret War' Now Available

    By Devin Zydel on 2008-10-11

    Ian Fleming’s Secret War by Craig Cabell is finally shipping from

    This new book centers on the activities of the James Bond creator and his role with the 30AU (30 Assault Unit)–a unit he set up during World War II in 1942, while he served as the personal assistant to the director of naval intelligence. It’s goal was to undertake top secret intelligence-gathering missions, going in before Allied troops to make sure vital information was not destroyed.

    Cabell has said that the unit ultimately served as inspiration for the creation of the 007 character.

    Ian Fleming’s Secret War was slated for an 18 August release in the UK, but the book has been listed as “not in stock” on since that date. We’ll keep you updated when this changes.

    Ian Fleming

    Ian Fleming

    Ian Fleming’s Secret War

    While his extravagant and glamorous lifestyle is well known, little has been published concerning Ian Fleming’s contribution during the Second World War.

    In the very early days of the War, Fleming was earmarked by the Director ofNaval Intelligence as his ‘right hand man’. From the outset he was in the centre of events, meeting with key political and military figures as well as those of exceptional intelligence, experience and courage. All this was to give him invaluable background when he came to write the Bond novels.

    The author has uncovered through official documentation, private papers and contacts the depth of Fleming’s work in Naval Intelligence. Fascinating insights of those he worked with and details of covert trips to Europe and North Africa emerge.

    Fleming was closely associated with 30 Assault Unit, a crack team of Commandos who took the fight to the enemy. The book reveals both the history of 30 AU and Fleming’s role.

    Ian Fleming’s Secret War is published as a 224-page hardback by Pen & Sword Military. Order online:

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