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Ian Fleming and SOE's Operation POSTMASTER (ePub)

The Untold Top Secret Story

WWII Espionage & the SOE

By Brian Lett
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 1.7 MB (.epub)
Pages: 255
ISBN: 9781783030798
eBook Released: 10th July 2013


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This is a true story of a force of 'licensed to kill' secret agents, commanded by a real war time secret service chief code names M, with whom Ian Fleming worked, and upon whom his James Bond stories were based.

Brigadier Colin Gubbins was M, the Special Operations Executive was his Secret Service, Professor Dudley Newitt was Q and Captain Gus March-Phillips commanded 'Maid of Honor Force', the team of 'James Bonds' who, in a daring operation, sailed a Q ship to West Africa and stole three enemy ships from a neutral Spanish port on the volcanic island of Fernando Po. Ian Fleming worked closely with M to oil the wheels that made the operation possible, and prepared the cover story, in which the British Government lied in order to conceal British responsibility for the raid. M's agents prepared the ground on Fernando Po, even enmeshing the Governor in a honey trap. March-Phillips and his team carried out the raid successfully in January 1942, despite much opposition from the local regular Army and Navy commanders, and in the face of overwhelming odds. Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden told Fleming's lies on the international stage, denying any British complicity in the operation. As a result, a secrecy embargo enveloped Operation POSTMASTER until recently.

The author, an experienced criminal QC, proves beyond doubt that this thrilling operation, and the men who carried it out, were the inspiration for Fleming's James Bond.

As seen in Dorset Magazine.

Brian Lett's book is a well-written and exciting page-turner about a daring coastal operation that succeeded against the odds. The story of the brave and resourceful individuals who took part in it deserves to be told. Fleming had his own small role in that operation, and the book is a must-read for Fleming aficionados for that reason.

James Bond Memes: James Bond's SOE origins

Absorbing ... cracks along at a fair old rate and there is a lot of interesting detail.

War History Online

This real life ripping yarn about an officially-sanctioned act of wartime piracy involving an unconventional Norfolk hero who was destined to become a pillar of the county establishment surpasses the most hyperbole-laden Hollywood thriller. Making full use of offical papers long embargoed and personal files only recently made available for public scrutiny, Lett has written the most compelling and comprehensive account yet of the daring mission to Fernando Po whilwe also arguing that Postmaster and its leaders served as inspiration for the greateast fictional spy hero of all – James Bond.

Eastern Daily Press

The full story of the events leading up to, during and after SOE's Operation Postmaster are revealed by Brian Lett in his latest book. In this detailed account of the mission, the author also presents evidence that many of the personalities involved in the venture were the inspiration for Ian Fleming's classic James Bond series.

Britain at War

Exactly who inspired James Bond has long benn discussed by historians and biographers alike, but now a detailed and fascinating new book - Ian Fleming and SOEs Operation Postmaster – attempts to join the dots between a daring raid by a Special Operations Executive (SOE) team and the creation of the world's most famous secret agent.

Yorkshire Post and Yorkshire Evening Post

About Brian Lett

Brian Lett is a QC whose interest in the history of special operations stems from his father's involvement with SOE and the SAS. He is the author of "SAS in Tuscany" and "Ian Fleming and Operation Postmaster", both published by Pen and Sword Books. He has homes in Somerset and Kew.

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The Small Scale Raiding Force (SSRF) was formed in February 1942 by Gus March Phillips with Major General Gubbins SOE European chief's approval. March-Phillips and his Maid of Honor Force had just had complete success with their operation (POSTMASTER) off West Africa. Equipped with a specially adapted motor torpedo boat, the SSRF immediately started planning for operations. Op FROUDESLEY, with the aim of destroying the battleship Tirpitz ran into technical problems and was delayed but, in August and September, three daring cross Channel missions were successfully carried out without loss. The…

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