After Germany invaded the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941, the Soviet leader, Joseph Stalin, demanded help and Britain and its allies provided supplies. The most direct route was by sea, around northern Norway to the Soviet ports of Murmansk and Archangel.

The first convoy sailed in September 1941. 

The route passed through a narrow funnel between the Arctic ice pack and German bases in Norway, and was very dangerous, especially in winter when the ice came further south. Many of the convoys were attacked by German submarines, aircraft and warships. 

The Royal British Legion Scotland in partnership with Edinburgh City Council will mark the service of the Artic Convoys in the summer of 2020.  Full details are still be released, all enquiries should be directed to Brian Ward on 0131 550 1562 or email [email protected]