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Heroism of war convoys remembered

By Eleanor Barlow

Published 01/11/2016

A photo of rough seas endured by the Arctic convoys
A photo of rough seas endured by the Arctic convoys

The "extraordinary heroism" of Second World War seafarers has been recalled on the 75th anniversary of the Arctic Convoys.

Veterans gathered in Liverpool yesterday to commemorate the convoys, which sailed from the UK to Russia between 1941 and 1945 to provide supplies to the Eastern Front.

The route through the treacherous seas, often occupied by U-boats, was described by Sir Winston Churchill as the worst journey in the world.

Crews delivered between 3.5 and four million tons of cargo of all kinds, including aircraft and tanks, on the trips.

Some 3,000 seafarers lost their lives on the journeys and one in every 20 vessels sank.

Thirty-five veterans attended the event which was held in Liverpool Town Hall.

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