Veterans from five different countries who participated in the Arctic Convoys will re-visit Iceland, many for the first time since World War II, to attend an international conference on the convoys, held in Reykjavík July 9 to 13.
At the conference, “The Arctic Convoys – A Lifeline Across the Atlantic,” leading international scholars will offer their perspectives and discuss the importance of the convoys on global affairs.
The convoys involved bringing goods to the Eastern Front during the Second World War. Allied countries sent navy ships and maritime vessels from different countries to assemble in Iceland and convoy to the northwestern ports of Murmansk and Archangelsk in Russia.
The convoys operated under heavy fire and were among the most daring and difficult ventures of World War II, playing a vital role in the outcome of the war.
The Keynote Address of the conference will be delivered by Captain Richard Woodman, author of an acclaimed comprehensive history on the convoys.
Experts from the Imperial War Museum in London, the Canadian War Museum and other distinguished professors will also introduce their research into the field.
Participants will have access to a new exhibition of photographs, paintings and written memories about the Arctic Convoys.
Veterans will discuss their experience during these daring times. Secondary school students from Murmansk will introduce three of their award-winning projects on the importance of the convoys.
At the occasion of the conference the HMS Exeter from the United Kingdom will be in Reykjavík, onboard which one of the social events of the conference will take place.
The conference and commemorational events are under the patronage of the President of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, and are organized by the Institute of History at the University of Iceland and by Global Center in collaboration with six embassies in Iceland: Canada, Denmark, Norway, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.