Normal view MARC view ISBD view

Ian Fleming's Commandos : The Story of the Legendary 30 Assault Unit

By: Rankin, Nicholas.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, USA, 2011Description: 1 online resource (593 p.).ISBN: 9780199782901.Subject(s): Fleming, Ian, 1908-1964 -- Career in the military | Great Britain. Royal Marines. Assault Unit, 30 -- History | Intelligence officers -- Great Britain -- Biography | Military intelligence -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century | World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Europe | World War, 1939-1945 -- Commando operations -- Great Britain | World War, 1939-1945 -- Regimental histories -- Great Britain | World War, 1939-1945 -- Secret service -- Great BritainGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Ian Fleming's Commandos : The Story of the Legendary 30 Assault UnitDDC classification: 940.54 | 940.54/8641 | 940.548641 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover Page; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Contents; List of Illustrations; Maps; Abbreviations and Acronyms; Prologue; 1 Day Trip to Dieppe, 1942; 2 The Godfather; 3 Technology and War; 4 The Philosophy of the Pinch; 5 Doing Deals; 6 The Commandos Get Cracking; 7 Mapping the Future; 8 Mayhem in the Maghreb; 9 Testing the Waters; 10 Invasion of the Islands; 11 Freeing the French; 12 Breakthrough; 13 Operation Plunder; 14 Getting the Goods; 15 Aftermath; Acknowledgments; Source Notes; Index; plates; footnotes
Summary: 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. In Ian Fleming's Commandos, Nicholas Rankin tells the exciting story of a secret intelligence outfit conceived and organized by Fleming. Named 30
Tags from this library: No tags from this library for this title. Log in to add tags.
Item type Current location Call number URL Status Date due Barcode
Electronic Book UT Tyler Online
Online
D810 .S7 .R37 2011 (Browse shelf) http://uttyler.eblib.com/patron/FullRecord.aspx?p=777001 Available EBL777001
Browsing UT Tyler Online Shelves , Shelving location: Online Close shelf browser
D810.E8 .W56 2008 Good Girls, Good Food, Good Fun : D810.J4 C68 1986 The Courage to Care : D810.N4L87 2003eb Hitler's Black Victims : D810 .S7 .R37 2011 Ian Fleming's Commandos : D810.S7 W335 2008 Poland Alone : D810.S7S556 2010 Deathly Deception : D810.V42U63 2004 Defining the Peace :

Cover Page; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Contents; List of Illustrations; Maps; Abbreviations and Acronyms; Prologue; 1 Day Trip to Dieppe, 1942; 2 The Godfather; 3 Technology and War; 4 The Philosophy of the Pinch; 5 Doing Deals; 6 The Commandos Get Cracking; 7 Mapping the Future; 8 Mayhem in the Maghreb; 9 Testing the Waters; 10 Invasion of the Islands; 11 Freeing the French; 12 Breakthrough; 13 Operation Plunder; 14 Getting the Goods; 15 Aftermath; Acknowledgments; Source Notes; Index; plates; footnotes

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. In Ian Fleming's Commandos, Nicholas Rankin tells the exciting story of a secret intelligence outfit conceived and organized by Fleming. Named 30

Description based upon print version of record.

Reviews provided by Syndetics

Library Journal Review

Readers will find here the foundation of the James Bond phenomenon in two intertwined stories. Rankin writes how James Bond's creator, Ian Fleming, as personal assistant to the director of Britain's naval intelligence, had to navigate the convoluted bureaucracy of wartime Whitehall to establish a special military unit to work behind enemy lines (not the same thing as secret agents). Additionally, Rankin provides the more standard account of small groups working in dangerous situations in the Mediterranean and Western Europe to gather documents and equipment of intelligence value. There were successes, bitter failures, and plenty of foul-ups at the upper levels. Most interesting are the personal accounts of men in action who were trying to acquire valuable items and enemy personnel. The British slang provides a good flavor to the narrative. Verdict Offering more detail than Craig Cabell's The History of 30 Assault Unit and 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.-Daniel K. Blewett, Coll. of DuPage Lib., Glen Ellyn, IL (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Nicholas Rankin is the author of A Genius for Deception and Telegram from Guernica. He lives in London.

There are no comments for this item.

Log in to your account to post a comment.