Vladimir Putin awarded British participants of the Northern Convoys with the Ushakov Medal

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Vladimir Putin signed a decree awarding Ushakov’s medal to seven citizens of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

According to the text of the document, medals are awarded for “personal courage and courage shown during the service in the Northern Convoys during the Second World War”.

The decree notes that the medal will be awarded to Derek Edwin Jasper Durham, Edwin Lidbetter, Harry Oldroyd, John Revell, William Jeffrey Robinson, Reginald Charles Wheeler and Atoll Hogg, according to the legal information portal.

Arctic convoys were special formations of transport ships that delivered military cargo to the USSR from the allied countries during the Great Patriotic War. Convoys were escorted by British, Canadian and American warships.

The route of the Allied convoys began in the ports of the North Atlantic and ended in Murmansk and Archangel. The route took no more than 12 days, but was extremely dangerous, filled with German submarines and bombers.

During the war years, 41 convoys traveled to the Soviet northern ports. 1398 vessels braved the dangerous route, losses amounted to 87 vessels.

In total, under the Lend-Lease program, the allied convoys delivered over two million tons of strategically important cargoes, including 5 thousand tanks, 7 thousand aircraft, thousands of cars, tens of thousands of tons of ammunition, equipment and food, and supplies for restoring the national economy.

Earlier it was reported that , the constituent conference of the  International Association "Brotherhood of Allied Convoys" was held in Reykjavik (Iceland). The club of Arctic convoy veterans was  revived in Arkhangelsk . In Murmansk, the  memory of the  British sailors was immortalized .

The daughter of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Princess Anna,  expressed her appreciation to the  veterans of the Arctic convoys.

 

Based on materials from Pobeda.RF