New Zealand Embassy, Moscow, Russian Federation

Recent Visit to Murmansk

Embassy staff visiting the Arctic Convoys memorial

During a recent visit to Murmansk, Embassy staff took time out to visit the Arctic Convoys memorial and pay their respects. 

The memorial was erected in August 1991 to commemorate those who gave their lives in the Arctic Campaign of World War II.  More than 1,400 merchant ships and naval vessels from Great Britain and her allies, including many New Zealand seamen, participated in the convoys to the ports of Arkhangelsk and Murmansk in Arctic Russia, which Winston Churchill once described as “the worst journey in the world.”  The convoys delivered vital supplies to the Soviet Union from 1941-1945, at a time when German forces controlled much of Soviet territory.



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