Heroic sailors braved horrendous conditions

ACTION Sailors on the Arctic Convoy
ACTION Sailors on the Arctic Convoy
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MORE than 3,000 British men died in the Arctic Convoys, which are credited with turning the tide of the war against Nazi Germany just as Russia was about to fall under Hitler’s rule.

The heroic Royal Navy and Merchant Navy sailors braved horrendous conditions on gruelling missions to supply Russia in the Second World War.

Around 66,500 sailors endured the sub-zero Arctic and often came under attack from German warplanes and U-boats on the way to supply the Soviet Union and keep the Red Army fighting the Nazi forces on the Eastern Front.

At the time, Prime Minister Winston Churchill called the convoys ‘the worst journey in the world’.

But at the end of the war, the veterans were overlooked and have never received a medal in recognition for what they did.

For the last 65 years, successive British governments have ignored the important role the Arctic veterans played in securing our freedom and still will not award them a medal today.

Civil servants argue the veterans already have a medal. But this was for a separate campaign 800 miles away.

Many of the veterans are now aged in their late 80s and early 90s and supporters are warning there’s not much time left for this government to do the right thing.