When naval intelligence officer Ian Fleming set up a secret commando unit during World War II, among those handpicked for duty was Theo Ionides – my grandfather. 30AU was Commander Ian Fleming’s greatest single contribution to the war effort and became the real-life inspiration for his most famous creation, James Bond.
Where are 30 commando based?
30 Commando Information Exploitation Group
30 Commando (Information Exploitation) Group, Royal Marines
Close-quarters combat ISTAR
Her Majesty’s Naval Service
Stonehouse Barracks, Plymouth
What is James Bond’s military rank?
The actor has been appointed an honorary commander, meaning he has the same rank as #JamesBond.
Is age of heroes a true story?
Age of Heroes is a 2011 British war film directed by Adrian Vitoria. The film is based on the real-life events of the formation of Ian Fleming’s 30 Commando unit during World War II.
Where is 45 Commando based?
Based at RM Condor in Scotland, 45 Commando is an amphibious commando unit that forms part of 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines.
Are all Royal Marines Commandos?
All Royal Marines, except those in the Royal Marines Band Service, are first and foremost, commando soldiers. They are required to undergo what is recognised as one of the longest and most demanding infantry training courses in the world.
What is the most elite unit in the Royal Marines?
42 Commando Royal Marines are one of three elite battalion sized units which make up the global punch of 3 Commando Brigade.
Where was the 30 Commando Assault Unit located?
During July 1944 the Unit served in Rennes and Brest, and followed French forces into Paris, France, Aug 1944. In Sep 1944 30 Assault Unit began a series of operations in the Channel coast ports as they were captured by the Allies.
What did 30 Commando do on D Day?
30AU took part in D-Day and the subsequent Normandy Campaign. One detachment, code-named Pikeforce, landed on Juno Beach. Its major task on D-Day was the capture of a radar station at Douvres-la-Delivrande, north of Caen (although the defending Germans held out until 17 June).
Where was the radar station captured on D Day?
Its major task on D-Day was the capture of a radar station at Douvres-la-Delivrande, north of Caen (although the defending Germans held out until 17 June).
What was the name of Ian Fleming’s unit?
Known initially as the Special Intelligence Unit, it comprised 33 ( Royal Marines) Troop, 34 ( Army) Troop, 35 ( Royal Air Force) Troop and 36 ( Royal Navy) Troop. One of the key figures involved in its organisation was Commander Ian Fleming (later author of the James Bond novels ).