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Operation Tabarin: Britain's secret wartime expedition to Antarctica 1944-46

Operation Tabarin: Britain's secret wartime expedition to Antarctica 1944-46

Haddelsey, Stephen, author; Carroll, Alan (Explorer), author

In 1943, Churchill's War Cabinet met to discuss the opening of a new front. Its battles would be fought amidst the glaciers of the Antartic. Intended to safeguard the Falkland Islands from Japanese invasion and to deny German U-boats, the expedition also sought to re-assert British territorial rights in the face of Argentine provocation. Indeed, the British bases secretly established in 1944 would also go on to play a vital part in a global 'conflict': the Cold War. 'Operation Tabarin' tells for the first time the story of one of the most curious episodes in what Ernest Shackleton called 'the white warfare of the south.'

Paperback, Book. English.
Published Stroud, Gloucestershire: The History Press, 2016

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Statement of responsibility: Stephen Haddelsey with Alan Carroll ; foreword by HRH Princess Anne, The Princess Royal
ISBN: 0750967463, 9780750967464
Note: Originally published: 2014.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: 256 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white) ; 24 cm
Subject: Warfare and Defence.; World War, 1939-1945 Campaigns Antarctica.

Author note

Stephen Haddelsey is the author of Ice Captain: The Life of J.R. Stenhouse and Shackleton’s Dream: Fuchs, Hillary & The Crossing of Antarctica. Polar Medal holder Alan Carroll was base leader at Port Lockroy, Antarctica, from 1954–57 and was heavily involved in Cold War-related operations there. Alan is the Historic Adviser to the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust.