How the sacrifices of fishermen in WWII hit British trawling

390571693In September 1939 a programme was introduced through which fishing fleets of four to eight vessels were created, with two vessels armed with twelve-pound guns. In May 1940 those trawlers which had been fitted with guns were swiftly requisitioned and sent to help with the evacuation of Dunkirk and elsewhere. Fishermen also saved a lot of lives at sea, rescuing crews from stricken ships as well as British and enemy aircraft. When the first Schedule of Reserved Occupations was drawn up all classes of fishermen were reserved from the age of 18, Read the rest here 19:43

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