Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Battle of Atlantic role in spotlight

Described as the longest, largest and most complex naval battle in history, the Battle of the Atlantic, and Londonderry's role as a key naval base during the six-year battle, will be the topic of a lecture to be held in the city this week.

Hosted by the Beech Hill US Navy & Marine Corps Friendship Association, Commander Peter Campbell of the Royal Naval Association, Mark Lusby from the Holywell Trust, along with historian and author Richard Doherty will speak at Thursday’s event at the Beech Hill hotel.

The event has been organised around raising funds for an ‘International Sailor Statue' to be unveiled next year to mark 70 years since the Battle of the Atlantic reached its crescendo in 1943. Mr Doherty said: “The city's geographical location as the most westerly point meant it played a critical role for the Royal Navy, Royal Canadian Navy and, to a lesser extent, US Navy.”

The event, which starts at 7pm is free, although people attending will have the chance to make a donation towards the statue.

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