Alexander Burton (Primary Source)
On a top secret mission, Alexander Burton and the other sailors aboard the cable ship CS John W Mackay spent three weeks stealing enemy communication cables laying on the bottom of the ocean. Despite operating in an area known for enemy submarine activity, the ship completed its task but Burton and his colleagues were unable to talk about their duties until after the war.
Alexander Burton served in the navy during the Second World War. Read and listen to Alexander Burton's testimony below.
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