Princess Anne pays tribute to WW2 Arctic Convoy veterans

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Britain’s Princess Anne lays flowers at cemetery where Russian and British WW2 veterans are buried, praises their ‘heroic deeds’ at a memorial ceremony. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

Princess Anne pays tribute to WW2 Arctic Convoy veterans


STORY: Britain’s Princess Anne attended on Wednesday World War two memorials in the Russian city of Arkhangelsk to mark 75 years since the first Allied Arctic Convoys arrived by sea to the northern Soviet port.

She laid down flowers at the English cemetery and delivered a speech at the eternal flame honoring those who sailed and protected the convoys carrying supplies to aid the Soviet Union in the fight against Nazi Germany. Some of the cargo was delivered to the besieged city of Leningrad.

“Over 3,000 British sailors, soldiers and airmen of the Allies died in the convoys, mostly in the 85 merchant vessels and 16 Royal Navy ships were lost. Not for nothing, did Sir Winston Churchill described it as “the worst journey in the world,” she said in her speech.

Princess Anne also visited the Northern sea museum and handed over a U.K.’s Arctic Star medal.

The first of the convoys that hit the Soviet shore 75 years ago was named “Dervish”.

Some 1,400 merchant vessels, accompanied by Royal Navy, U.S. Navy and Royal Canadian Navy ships, sailed to northern Soviet ports between August 1941 and May 1945. Dozens of the vessels were lost and more than 3,000 British and Allied servicemen died

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