Arctic Campaign Memorial

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Title

Arctic Campaign Memorial

Description

Made up of two pieces a white informational board that details information about the Campaign and a black stone with a dedication to those who served and died.

Coverage

Date Created

2000

Medium

Marble

Temporal Coverage

1941-1945

Historical Marker Item Type Metadata

Inscription

Top informational Plaque:
THE ARCTIC CAMPAIGN 1941-45
GERMANY WAS ATTACKING ARCTIC RUSSIA ON ITS EASTERN FRONT, USA AND BRITAIN OFFERED ESSENTIAL GOODS TO RUSSIA VIA NORWAY'S NORTH CAPE; THE ROYAL NAVY’S HOME FLEET, BUSY PROTECTING ATLANTIC AND MALTA CONVOYS AND BRITISH MAINLAND DEFENSES, ADDED 'THE RUSSIAN RUN' TO ITS TASKS.
THE FIRST RUSSIA CONVOY SAILED FROM LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, TO MURMANSK JULY 12TH 1941. PRIME MINISTER WINSTON CHURCHILL, CALLED IT, “THE WORLD’S WORST THEATRE OF WAR.” LAST CONVOY SAILED HOME FROM MURMANSK 23rd MAY 1945, COMPLETING A FOUR YEAR OPERATION, 24 HOURS OF DAYLIGHT IN THE SUMMER AND ALWAYS CLOSE TO ENEMY FORCES, MADE BRITISH, AMERICAN AND ALLIED LOSSES OF, SHIPS, AIRCRAFT, WAR, MATERIALS AND MEN DEVASTATING 24 HOURS OF DARKNESS IN WINTER GAVE NO PROTECTION FROM HUGH SEAS WITH 40 FOOT WAVES, RAGING STORMS AND ENEMY ACTION MADE LIFE ON ICE ENCRUST SHIPS A LIVING HELL.
THESE ARCTIC CONVOYS DELIVERED THOUSANDS OF TONS OF FOOD OIL AND AND GAS TANKS, TRUCKS, CLOTHING, AIRCRAFT, SHIPS AND AMMUNITION. HELPING THE RUSSIANS HOLD BACK THE GERMANS. THE ALLIES AT THE SAME TIME WERE PREPARING TO CLEAR EUROPE OF GERMAN OCCUPATION, (THE SECOND FRONT). A PRICE WAS PAID, SCORES OF SHIPS SUNK WITH MANY THOUSANDS OF TONS OF SUPPLIES. "HMS EDINBURGH WAS SUNK WAS SUNK CARRYING***** POUNDS WORTH OF GOLD BARS” **ANDS OF SAILORS WERE KILLED; OTHER SUFFERED HORRIBLE INJURIES, FROSTBITE, AND EXPOSURE, SURVIVING ARCTIC VETERANS ***** MEMORIAL IN REMEMBRANCE OF THE THOSE SAILORS, AIRMEN, SOLDIERS AND CIVILIANS WHO DIED FIGHTING IN THE ARCTIC CAMPAIGN, TO KEEP THE WORLD FREE.
THE ARCTIC CAMPAIGN MEMORIAL TRUST** MEMORIAL, TO PORTLAND, USA
IT ***** USA and
RONALD **** UNITED KINGDOM

Bottom Plaque:
Top center
MAY 2000 Top left ****NIT IS GIVEN BY THE PEOPLE OF MURMANSK CITY, RUSSIA.

Top right
TO THE PEOPLE PORTLAND MAINE AND TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Center
IN MEMORY OF THREE THOUSAND MEN AND WOMEN WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE ARCTIC CAMPAIGN 1941-1945 ON CONVOYS TO AND FROM RUSSIA
We Will Remember Them

Bottom left
ARRANGED BY THE RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR TO THE GREAT BRITAIN IN LONDON, ENGLAND, 1999.

Bottom right
CREATED FOR ALL ARCTIC VETERANS, BY THE ARCTIC CAMPAIGN MEMORIAL TRUST Bottom center THIS PEACETIME PROJECT HAS BROUGHT TOGETHER ALLIES OF WORLD WAR TWO.

Files

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Citation

Arctic Campaign Memorial Trust, “Arctic Campaign Memorial,” Portland’s Historical Markers, accessed April 22, 2018, http://markers.portlandculturalhistory.org/items/show/46.

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