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Arctic Convoys 1941-1945 (Paperback)

Aviation > WWII

By Richard Woodman
Imprint: Pen & Sword Maritime
Pages: 560
Illustrations: 32 black and white
ISBN: 9781844156115
Published: 31st May 2007
Last Released: 16th November 2023



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During the last four years of the Second World War, the Western Allies secured Russian defences against Germany by supplying vital food and arms. The plight of those in Murmansk and Archangel who benefited is now well known, but few are aware of the courage, determination and sacrifice of Allied merchant ships, which withstood unremitting U-boat attacks and aerial bombardment to maintain the lifeline to Russia. In the storms, fog and numbing cold of the Arctic, where the sinking of a 10,000 ton freighter was equal to a land battle in terms of destruction, the losses sustained were huge. Told from the perspective of their crews, this is the inspiring story of the long-suffering merchant ships without which Russia would almost certainly have fallen to Nazi Germany.

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"Flash" The Trinity House Journal, Spring 2022 - Issue 36

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International Association of Institutes of Navigation

"May the bold Merchant Mariners and the ships’ companies of their Allied naval escorts never be forgotten. Books such as Arctic Convoys 1941-1945 keep their flame burning."

Seagull, The Journal of the Indian Maritime Foundation, Vol 26, Nov 21 - Jan 22

Richard Woodman has done an excellent job describing the Arctic Convoys from Churchill’s political decision-making to the stokehold of tramp steamer at Murmansk.

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The Australian Naval Institute

Article: 'Woman stunned to find almost 80-year-old photo of her dad in WW2 book in Oxfam' as featured by

DevonLive, 29th September 2019 – words by Howard Lloyd

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The Sandbag Times, January 2018

About Richard Woodman

RICHARD WOODMAN, the well known seaman and writer, is an Elder Brethren of Trinity House, and is perhaps best known for his Nathaniel Drinkwater series of historical naval novels. He has written a considerable body of naval history including acclaimed studies of the Arctic and Malta convoys of the Second World War.

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