The Secret South

A Tale of Operation Tabarin, 1943–46

Ivan Mackenzie Lamb

Seventy years after the end of World War II, the full story of Britain's secret Antarctic expedition has still never been told. Launched in 1943, Operation Tabarin was an expedition to secretly establish bases, keep a watchful eye on German and Japanese activities, and curb opportunistic Argentinian incursions.
Date Published :
December 2018
Publisher :
Greenhill Books
Editor :
Stephen Haddelsey, Ronald Lewis-Smith
Language:
English
Illustration :
32 black and white illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781784383251
Pages : 304
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6 inches
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Overview
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Seventy years after the end of World War II, the full story of Britain’s secret Antarctic expedition has still never been told. Launched in 1943, Operation Tabarin was an expedition to secretly establish bases, keep a watchful eye on German and Japanese activities, and curb opportunistic Argentinian incursions.

Ivan Mackenzie Lamb was the expedition’s botanist but, until now, his narrative has never been published. His account provides a fascinating insight into this top secret military operation. He was a member of the naval party that established three manned bases, he remained in the field throughout the operation’s two-year duration and took part in all three major sledging expeditions.

After the war, he used his diary to complete a vivid story of his time in Antarctica. It is a key eyewitness account and has been illustrated with contemporary photos and expedition maps.

Operation Tabarin is without doubt one of the most significant expeditions of what might be described as the ‘post-Heroic’ phase of Antarctic exploration; ultimately it would develop into the British Antarctic Survey, arguably the most important and enduring of all government-sponsored programs of research in the Antarctic. Operation Tabarin also set in train a series of events that would lead, ultimately, to the Falklands War of 1982.

About The Author
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IVAN MACKENZIE LAMB was born in London in 1911\. While working at the British Museum he was recruited to serve as a botanist, dog-driver and assistant surveyor on Operation Tabarin. He remained with the expedition for its two year term. For this and his post-war work he was awarded the Polar Medals of both Britain and America. He died on 27 January 1990\. STEPHEN HADDELSEY is the author of five books on the history of Antarctic exploration. In 2014, with Alan Carroll, he published the first comprehensive history of Tabarin. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical and Royal Historical societies. RONALD LEWIS-SMITH worked for the British Antarctic Survey for 40 years and is the author of over 200 scientific papers and several books. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and has been awarded the Polar Medal for his Antarctic work.

REVIEWS
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"A fascinating insight into the top secret military operation"

- Amie Gordon, Daily Mail

The author was Operation Tabarin's botanist, and this work is a newly published edition of his diary. He helped establish the bases used by the expedition and took part in three major sledging operations. The book provides fascinating insight into an unknown but important sideshow during the war and uses contemporary photographs and maps to tell the story.

- WWII History

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