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Britain to award medals to Arctic convoy veterans

Wednesday - 12/19/2012, 12:35pm  ET

LONDON (AP) - Britain says it will award a medal to veterans of the Arctic convoys that brought essential supplies to besieged Russia during World War II.

Veterans have battled for decades for a campaign medal for the convoys, which braved icy weather, rough seas and attacks from German ships, U-boats and planes.

Almost 3,000 British and American sailors died during the dangerous journeys from Britain to the northwestern coast of the Soviet Union between 1941 and 1945.

Prime Minister David Cameron announced Wednesday that the Arctic Convoy Star would give veterans "the recognition they so richly deserve for the very dangerous work they did."

Cameron also announced a special Royal Air Force clasp for the crews of Bomber Command, whose veterans have long complained of unequal treatment to members of Fighter Command.


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