Christmas TV Guide

PQ17: An Arctic Convoy Disaster

Jeremy Clarkson tells the moving story of the Arctic Convoys of World War Two, which ensured vital supplies reached the Soviet Union. He focuses on one convoy, code-named PQ17, which, on 4 July 1942, turned into one of the biggest naval disasters of the 20th Century. Facing the brutal conditions of the Arctic Ocean, survivors tell of their horror when the Admiralty – fearing an attack by the German battleship Tirpitz – called away their supporting vessels, leaving them sitting ducks for the German U-boats and the Luftwaffe. Only 11 out of the 35 ships made their destination…