Arctic Convoys Wed 29 May 2013 – Sun 30 March 2014 During the Second World War, oceangoing convoys of merchant and military ships provided an essential lifeline to the Russians in their fight against Germany. This exhibition sheds new light on this campaign and hears from some of the men who endured the hardships on board. Open daily 9:45–16:45 National War Museum How to get to the Museum Free with admission to Edinburgh Castle Crew on the deck of an iced up ship. 'Convoy Escort Code' marked 'Confidential' and dated 1943. Group photograph of crew on foredeck of a destroyer, 1940s. Part of a collection of material relating to the Arctic Convoy service of Stoker Edward Drummond. Arctic Convoy ship covered in ice. Citation letter to Stoker Edward Drummond for award of Distinguised Service Medal for his Arctic Convoy service, 1943. Distinguished Service Medal awarded to Stoker Edward Drummond for bravery during action between HMS Achates and German cruisers. Telegram sent to the wife of Able Seaman George Goldie Muir informing her that her husband is missing, presumed dead, 29 September 1942. Commemorative scroll for Able Seaman George Goldie Muir, who perished in the sinking of the minesweeper HMS Leda in 1942. Medals awarded to James Kelly Thompson, Boatswain of the S.S. Rathlin, for his Arctic Convoy service, including the Distinguished Service Medal (left). S.S. Rathlin. About the exhibition Sailing from Scotland, Iceland and North America to ports in northern Russian, the Arctic convoys carried vital supplies to the Russian allies. As well as facing the constant possibility of attack from German U boats, the men who sailed on these ships faced some of the toughest conditions of the war: freezing cold, storms and treacherous fog. Thousands of British merchant and naval seamen lost their lives in this operation. Through photographs, letters, interviews and personal possessions, this exhibition tells the story of the courage and determination of these wartime heroes. You can see inside the exhibition here. Personal stories Included in the exhibition are are first-hand accounts from veterans who served in the Arctic convoys. Their stories allow us a glimpse into the reality of their experiences whilst serving in the most severe conditions. You can listen to a selection of these recordings here. You can download transcripts of the recordings here: Transcript of 'Jock' Dempster's recording Transcript of Ken Reith's recording Transcript of 'Spud' Campbell's recording These audio clips are extracts from longer recordings made by Two Lochs Radio. You can read veteran David Craig's amazing story on the Feast Bowl blog.