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“Surviving the Arctic Convoys: WWII Navy Veteran revisits history”

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When the Russian missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov berthed in Cape Town harbour, she welcomed aboard a 93-year-old World War II Arctic Convoy Veteran. History had come a full circle. Regine Lord was there to record the event.

Last month we did an article on a visit by Royal Navy veteran Joseph Wilkinson to the Russian Navy’s Slava-class missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov. During a subsequent interview, Mr Wilkinson graciously shared some of his life story with me, focusing especially on his military service during World War II, and his experiences in the Atlantic and Arctic convoys.

Published in the Military Despatches, Volume 34, April 2020.