In March 1942, while working in wartime London as assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence, Lieutenant-Commander Ian Fleming proposed the creation of a tiny but dedicated front-line unit of commandos with the job of seeking and seizing enemy assets of intelligence value to the Allies. The resultant force came to be known as 30 Assault Unit.
Success came slowly and in fits and starts. The unit’s baptism of fire was in August 1942, during the disastrous British and Canadian raid on Dieppe. Amid the chaos its men failed to land and one officer was killed, shot in the head while struggling in the sea