Was Ian Fleming Writing About The Aux Units

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Was Ian Fleming Writing About The Aux Units

CART Web Monitor
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I have recently been made aware of a possible reference to the SDS or Aux Units in Ian Fleming's short story 'From a View To A Kill'.

He describes Bond in a wooded area as a group of guys emerge from an underground base. The entrance hidden in a tree. He then talk about how the three men practise walking silently.

We know that Ian went to see his brother Peter at the Garth and must have learnt a fair bit about what was going on. Could he be referring to it in this book?

You can read it for yourself here. From page 22 onwards.

Thoughts?
Kind Regards,

CART Team
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Dave Blair
Hi Tom,
          Yes, does look like it!! When you think that the book 'For Your Eyes Only' was published in 1960, View to a Kill was a short story within the book; his brother Peter had 'Invasion 1940' published in 1958. Chapter 18' pp 245-251 has details of Auxiliary Units in abundance, maybe they met during their writings and cross pollinated the information??

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ian_Fleming

This link may help explain a little of the background to the man and a possible connection to AU
but as with all good spy stories.............Aggghhhh (knife in the back before i could explain......)

Regards,

Dave
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Phil
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There is a reference to Ian turning up at the Garth dressed as a German and knocking on the door and asking for Peter. This is not true he turned up with the uniform in a suitcase and only Peter saw it because it was part of Operation Ruthless which was a secret. Also thanks to Ian, Peter and the men at the Garth got a delivery of nice soft navel towels!!  
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Very interesting Phil.

Do you know how many times he went to The Garth?
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Phil
Dont know how many times he visited the Garth.
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Robert Walsh
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Ian Fleming would certainly have picked up some information on the Auxunits from his brother, but Ian Fleming himself set up his own Special Forces unit drawn mainly from the Navy and Royal Marines. It was named 30 Assault Unit, was tasked mainly with capturing enemy documents and technology and Fleming called them his 'Red Indians.'

30AU has sence been revived as an elite sub-unit of the Royal Marines and is based, if I remember rightly, at Stonehouse Barracks in Plymouth.