According to Winston Churchill, 'the Battle of the Atlantic was the dominating factor through all the war.' From the outbreak of World War Two in 1939, until the surrender of Germany's final U-boat in 1945, the fight for supremacy on the waves was on. Britain's survival depended on imports of food, fuel, and raw materials, all of which needed to be transported from overseas. Nazi tactics included a 'starving out' method, so their main goal was to prevent these goods reaching British shores. They sent aircraft, ships, and submarines to engage the Merchant Navy, and these attacks came to be known as The Battle of the Atlantic. At the forefront of this battle was the HQS Wellington, which is now docked at Victoria Embankment.
Until the 16th December, The Wellington is open to visitors for a special exhibition commemorating seventy years after the Battle of the Atlantic reached its climax. Admission is free, but only available on Sundays and Mondays. You will learn how the convoy system helped protect merchant ships through a collection of photographs, films, models, and original artefacts. You will also get to hear the recollections of the seamen serving onboard merchant vessels.
The trip between North America and Britain took fifteen days, during which the men hd to suffer cramped conditions, bad weather, and the constant fear of attack. You can learn more about what happened through a series of scheduled talks that take place at 7pm on the 21st October, 11th November, and 9th December. There is also a Big Draw! even on the 27th October for children, when they can design their own supersize flag.