THE SECOND WORLD WAR 1939 - 1945: THE WAR AT SEA 1939 - 1945
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Escorts and merchant ships at Hvalfjord before the sailing of Convoy PQ 17. Behind the destroyer ICARUS (1.03) is the Russian tanker AZERBAIJAN. The sea voyage to the north Russian ports of Murmansk and Archangel was the shortest route for sending Allied supplies to Russia. But it was also the most dangerous owing to the large concentration of German forces in northern Norway. The convoy PQ 17 was decimated by U-boats and the Luftwaffe after a communication from the Admiralty on 4 July 1942 ordered the escort to 'scatter'.
Escorts and merchant ships at Hvalfjord in Iceland before the sailing of Convoy PQ 17 to Russia, May 1942. PQ 17 was decimated by U-boats and the Luftwaffe.
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