HEROIC sailors braved horrendous conditions on gruelling missions to supply Russia in the Second World War. But they have never been awarded a medal.
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.
Around 66,500 brave Royal Navy and Merchant Navy sailors ran a sub-zero gauntlet in the Arctic Circle often coming under attack from German warplanes and U-boats to keep Russia fighting in the war.
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 their heroic deeds.
For the last 70 years, successive British governments have ignored the important role Arctic veterans played in securing our freedom and still will not award them a medal today.
As the nation bows its head in remembrance, the last few surviving Arctic veterans need those who live in freedom to stand up and end this scandal.
The veterans are now aged in their 90s and have been fighting for a medal for many years. Their last chance for justice is for the issue to be properly debated in the House of Commons.