Arctic Convoy Veterans Reception and Film
To celebrate the announcement that a new medal will be created for British World War Two Veterans who served on the Arctic Convoys, we are hosting a drinks reception and showing a special production of a documentary film ‘Hurricanes to Murmansk’ which tells the story of the important role played by our brave servicemen on the Eastern Front.
This is a great opportunity to meet those brave veterans, talk to politicians who supported the campaign, and learn more about their fight. Air Commodore Phil Wilkinson, RAF (retired), Chair of the Royal Air Force Russia Association, will also speak on the topic (a biography is available here)
The film tells the story of 151 Wing RAF, who fought alongside the Russians and who’s mission was to protect the vital port of Murmansk and the strategic supply route between the allied powers. More infomation can be viewed here.
On Remembrance Day this year, Westminster Russia Forum (WRF) organised a letter signed by thirty two Members of Parliament to be submitted to the Honours and Decorations (HD) Committee requesting that British World War Two Veterans be rewarded with a medal in recognition of the part they played in the vital Arctic Convoy missions throughout the Second World War. The campaign included a Parliamentary Question by Arctic All Party Group Chair Andrew Rosindell MP to the Foreign Minister demanding the veterans’ service be honoured. In December, the Prime Minister David Cameron announced that a new medal would be created, which would be detailed in the New Year.
Between 1941 and 1945 British warships escorted 78 convoys carrying thousands of aircraft, anti-aircraft guns, trucks and tanks, fuel, food, tools and other vital supplies through the Barents Sea to the Russian ports of Murmansk and Archangel in a voyage Winston Churchill described as “the worst journey in the World”.
This is a free event.