Ian Fleming and the Creation of the First English Unit of Intelligence Commandos
Inspired by a specialized unit of German soldiers led by Otto Skorzeny, Fleming began to form the 30 Assault Unit in 1942. This unit was comprised of highly specialized soldiers who would often accompany or work ahead of the front line in raids.
Members of the 30AU were trained in unarmed combat and all manners of retrieving intelligence, including breaking and entering, safecracking and lock-picking. They specialized in undercover infiltrations of enemy territory in order to capture intelligence such as codes, documents, equipment or even personnel.
Fleming never fought with the unit, but he directed operations from behind the scenes. Under his leadership, the unit grew from 30 to 150 men. The group had more than 35 battle honors, and while it was disbanded in 1946, the 30 Commando Information Exploitation Group of the Royal Marines carries on their tradition today.
Fleming premieres on BBC America on Wednesday January 29th at 10/9c.
Top Locations on Instagram in 2013
As 2013 draws to a close, it’s once again time to look back on another amazing year on Instagram. It’s inspiring to see moments shared from all around the world, whether it’s a photo from your hometown or a video from your vacation. We took a look at the location trends to find the most-Instagrammed places of 2013.
Like last year, a popular location in Thailand tops the list. The Siam Paragon (สยามพารากอน)—a massive shopping complex, movie theater and aquarium in Bangkok—was our top spot, edging out 2012’s most-Instagrammed place, Bangkok’s International Airport. Suvarnabhumi Airport dropped to number nine, while the Eiffel Tower dropped off the top-ten list altogether. (See more from last year’s list here.)
New to the most-popular list in 2013: Walt Disney World, High Line and Central Park in New York City and the Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas.
The Most-Instagrammed Locations of 2013
- Siam Paragon (สยามพารากอน) shopping mall, Bangkok, Thailand
- Times Square, New York
- Disneyland, California
- Bellagio Fountains, Las Vegas
- Disney World Florida
- Staples Center, Los Angeles
- Central Park, New York
- Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
- Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) ท่าอากาศยานสุวรรณภูมิ, Bangkok, Thailand
- The High Line, New York
In the course of the past year, we’ve seen Instagram continue to grow across the globe. We’ve been amazed to see the community thrive in places like Indonesia, Russia and Brazil. 60% of Instagrammers are now sharing photos and videos from outside of the United States, so we wanted to also share the most-Instagrammed cities in the world.
The Most-Instagrammed Cities of 2013
- New York City, NY, USA
- Bangkok, Thailand
- Los Angeles, CA, USA
- London, UK
- São Paulo, Brazil
- Moscow, Russia
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- San Diego, CA, USA
- Las Vegas, NV, USA
- San Francisco, CA, USA