Played an Important Part in D-Day
One of the 30AU’s most celebrated successes was their participation in Operation Overlord, otherwise known as the Battle of Normandy. The troops, under code names Woolforce and Pikeforce, landed on Juno and Utah beaches and set out to capture a German radar station at Douvres-la-Délivrande.
After the unit’s participation in the landings and the Battle of Cherbourg, the unit fought their way into Germany. Much of what 30AU did in Germany still remains a secret, but we do know that they captured a German Naval Base in Bremen. Fleming uncharacteristically visited 30AU in the field during this time, checking in on the unit and visiting the German naval archives in Tambach Castle.
30AU found new leadership on June 6, 1944, but Fleming continued to be involved in a smaller capacity.
-written by Caroline Liddick