Ian Fleming & SOE’s Operation Postmaster

Ian Fleming and SOE’s Operation Postmaster written by Brian Lett and published by Pen and Sword Books.

I’d been looking forward to reading this book as I have been reading up a lot on operations during WW2. This book retells the story of Operation Postmaster in trying to get to or attack a number of enemy ships in a remote West African port on the island of Fernando Po. Of course what makes this operation more notable in the heavy influence and presence of Ian Fleming who would go on to write the James Bond books. What I always find amazing about these operations is the amount of planning that goes into them and the ingenuity of an elite band of men. The fact that there were such few leaks of information or anyone being double crossed really does show the great work and ethic of the men in the departments.

I had a thought whilst reading this that some might buy the book thinking they were going to get lots of James Bond. This is not a James Bond book in the slightest, you could see how it might have the origins of a James Bond Book about it, but don’t buy it for that. What you get is a very clever and smart book about an incredible operation very few knew about at the time. This book is a fantastic tale and it had me hooked from start to finish, a book I will definitely will be promoting and recommending a lot. A very good 4.5 stars indeed.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Ben Davidson

Hello, I have been studying all aspects of history for about 25 years. I have a BA History from the University of Bedfordshire. My historical areas of interest are anything really, but I specialise in 19th - 20th century Britain, America and Ireland. I am also strongly aligned with most military history, really enjoying WW2 and the US Civil War. Chuck in the king or queen and Bob's your uncle.

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