Victory for Arctic Convoy veterans
EAST Yorkshire veterans of the Second World War Arctic Convoys and Bomber Command will finally receive recognition for their bravery.
The Ministry of Defence has today confirmed the newly-designed Arctic Star and Bomber Command gold clasp will be available to almost a quarter of a million veterans or their families within weeks.
Former servicemen across Hull and the East Riding have been among the most vocal in the country, demanding proper recognition for their crucial role in keeping Russia in the war against Nazi Germany.
The Arctic Star will be based on the World War Two Stars and the Bomber Command clasp, to be worn on the ribbon of the 1939 to 1945 Star, will follow the design of the Battle of Britain clasp.
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Wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill famously called the convoys, which dodged relentless attacks by the Luftwaffe and U-Boats, the "worst journey in the world".
More than 3,000 died.
Between 1941-45, merchant ships delivered supplies to the Soviet Union, mainly the ports of Murmansk and Arkhangelsk.
They were escorted by the Royal Navy.
It is believed only about 400 veterans are still alive.
• For reaction to the news from veterans, see tomorrow's Mail.