Great story from the BBC!
"...my grandfather, Lieutenant Theo "Rusty" Ionides, had been handpicked
by none other than Ian Fleming to be part of the Bond creator's top
secret crack team of commandos. He'd been trained in all the tricks of
intelligence gathering, ready to be sent into battle ahead of the
advancing troops at D-Day"
"The story of 30 Assault Unit, as the commandos were known, is
a tale of audacious derring-do. 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."
"Then, Room 39 was packed with men, all smoking like chimneys. These were
the cream of naval intelligence, tasked with using their guile and
imagination to come up with novel ways of confounding the Germans."
"And back at the start of the war, the main preoccupation of his team
was how to address a key British weakness - the fact that the Germans
led the Allies in all sorts of technologies - encryption, rockets,
submarines, torpedoes, mines and much more."
"In 1942, Fleming proposed a simple solution - steal it."