Memoir of a Navy Man – Eric Coleman – HMS Emerald – Operation Fish to save national treasures and a Wedding Day.

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My father joined HMS Emerald a light cruiser in the Royal Navy in August 1939 and was part of one of the largest secret naval operations of the second world war.

The British government were aware as soon as war broke out in September 1939 that the country was at risk of invasion from Hitler’s army. In order to protect both the countries gold and national treasures it was decided to remove them for safe keeping to Canada. Millions of pounds worth of gold had already been transported in convoys to America to buy supplies and arms but an even bigger operation was being planned. At that time all British nationals had to also register their securities in the form of bonds, stocks, shares with the Royal Treasury which added to the accumulated national wealth.

In the second part he describes my parent’s wedding – but when he says there…

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