Operation Tabarin: Britain's Secret Wartime Expedition to Antarctica 1944-46

The History Press
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Full of extraordinary characters, this tale of a secret mission is based upon previously unpublished diarires, letters, and reportsIn 1943, with Rommel's Afrika Korps in full retreat after El Alamein, Churchill's War Cabinet met to discuss the opening of a new front. Its battles would be fought not on the beaches of Normandy but amidst the glaciers of the Antarctic. Intended to safeguard the Falkland Islands from Japanese invasion and to deny harbors in the sub-Antarctic territories to German surface raiders and U-boats, the expedition also sought to reassert British territorial rights in the face of Argentine provocation. This would achieve its ultimate expression four decades later in the Falklands War—but the British bases secretly established in 1944 would also go on to play a vital part in a global "conflict": the Cold War. Based upon contemporary sources, Operation Tabarin tells for the first time the story of the only Antarctic expedition to be launched by any of the combatant nations of World War II and one of the most curious episodes in what Ernest Shackleton called "the white warfare of the south." The expedition leader was the redoubtable "Scout" Marr, who had sailed with Shackleton. James Murdie was a key figure, a veteran of the Endurance expedition. Captain Victor Marchesi spent three seasons looking for U-boats armed with a revolver and sent letters with British Falklands stamps to embassies all over the world to establish British sovereignty.
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About the author

Stephen Haddelsey is the author of Ice Captain and Shackleton's Dream. Alan Carroll was base leader at Port Lockroy, Antarctica, from 1954-1957, and is the historic adviser to the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust. HRH Princess Anne, the Princess Royal is known for her charitable work.
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Publisher
The History Press
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Published on
Apr 1, 2014
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Pages
256
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ISBN
9780750955119
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Language
English
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Genres
History / Military / World War II
History / Polar Regions
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