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     My interest in the gold transport came about from my first visit to Bergen on a family holiday way back in 1987. I have always been interested in WW II and upon my return to the UK I immediately set about finding out about what had happened in Norway during that dark period in history. A search of my local library revealed a few books on Norway with English text and they were soon devoured; my appetite for knowing more about the war in Norway intensified.

     Of all the books that I read one stood out above all, Dorothy Baden-Powell?s ?Pimpernel Gold?. I read and re-read the book several times taking in the story as historical fact. But it was upon meeting Baden-Powell at her home in London for the first time that I realised that the story had only been half told and that what was written was the story as Baden-Powell had been told by her colleagues in Norwegian SOE. From that point on I decided to find the truth: the quest had begun.


     My first priority was to read as widely as possible on the German invasion of Norway and the response of the allies to Norway?s call for help. Although I could see that much of the history I was reading was from the British perspective and it was not always very accurate or truthful. I supported my research with many visits to the National Archives at Kew, London, and to the Imperial War Museum to research the many files that were available on Norway. However, whilst the files in general were very interesting, I came across only a few files that were directly related to the gold transport; I had to widen my search. Visits to Norway ensued as a matter of priority, but it was an invite to the commemoration of HMS Glasgow in Molde, by the late Oddvar Naas, that gave substance to the research and it was at Molde that I was able to interview and record the daring deeds of the sailors of HMS Glasgow. I also made a promise to Oddvar that I would search for and write the truth on the gold transport: a promise that has been at the root of all that I have achieved.


     Upon my return to the UK the research developed further and I enquired at the Bank of England in London as to their archives and was informed by them that there was a file available on the gold transport. Subsequent viewing of this file revealed information that had previously not been published. The internet also proved useful and new material as well as witnesses were coming forward, particularly sailors of the three cruisers involved with the transportation of the gold to the UK, but it was my visit once more to Norway to interview the last surviving Norwegian gold soldier, Mr OveVoldsrud that sealed my research. Mr Voldsrud?s account greatly added to the story and supported what I had found out to date.


     The write up of the gold transport took approximately two years as I checked and doubled checked the facts, witness accounts, various files as well as the acquisition of all important photographs etc.


     Initially, I approached a British publisher, but was rejected due to the account being of little importance to a British market. I was downhearted. However the feedback received from them was promising and they advised contacting a Norwegian publisher. I duly followed their guidance and e-mailed two publishers in Oslo and it was Dinamo Forlag who replied almost immediately. Subsequently, I met up with Ottar Samuelsen in London, an agreement was made and within the year the book was published.  To be frank I cannot thank Dinamo Forlag enough for their belief in this project and the guidance and help they have offered me and it is this belief which has encouraged me with my next project researching the history of Patrick Dalzel-Job, the man who was the model for Fleming?s ?James Bond?.


     Are there any mysteries outstanding from the gold transport? Well, yes. There are still 9 soldiers unaccounted for, but it is my strong belief that these men joined Norwegian SOE. Todate, all attempts to identify these men have failed, but there is strong circumstantial evidence to suggest that the first six men to join SOE may have been part of the gold transport and there may have also been a Swedish volunteer who died early on in the war.


     Not all of the gold was accounted for and several coins went missing in Liverpool. The vast majority were recovered, but today a few coins remain unaccounted for.


     I have not been able to establish the reason why Admiral Diesen was in Lillehammer and why he tried to get the gold released from the bank. I am not suggesting anything underhand or improper, but his role has been nigh on impossible to document accurately.


     Much of my time and research has been spent on the above mysteries and I will continue to revisit theses areas with the emphasis on naming all those who took part in the transport. It was through them that a nation?s wealth was saved permitting Norway to be seen as an equal ally during the war and allowing her to pay for its armed forces without going cap in hand to the allies. In short, these men gave ?Alt for Norge? and my quest to identify these men for Norway will go on unabated.


Bob Pearson - 2010

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