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Medal for Arctic convoy veterans


The Russian government is honouring British veterans of the Second World War Arctic Convoys, the last surviving Arctic convoy-escort. Medals will be awarded to 13 servicemen at a ceremony on board HMS Belfast later today. Nick Hewitt, historian at the Imperial War Museum, and Arthur Burnett, former Royal Navy midshipman who was on board HMS Belfast during an arctic convoy in February 1943, reflect on the historical importance of the convoys.


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