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Two Years Below the Horn: Operation Tabarin, Field Science, and Antarctic Sovereignty, 1944–1946

Author(s): Taylor, Andrew

Copyright: 2017, Canada
Specifications: 1st, 8vo, pp.xl, 456, photo frontis, 62 bw photos, 20 maps, wraps
Condition: new

The widely edited memoirs of Andrew Taylor (1907-93) in which he vividly recounts his experiences and accomplishments during Operation Tabarin, a landmark British expedition to Antarctica to establish sovereignty and conduct science during the Second World War. When mental strain led the operation’s first commander to resign, Taylor — a military engineer with extensive pre-war surveying experience — became the first and only Canadian to lead an Antarctic expedition. As commander of the operation, Taylor oversaw construction of the first permanent base on the Antarctic continent at Hope Bay. From there, he led four-man teams on two epic sledging journeys around James Ross Island, overcoming arduous conditions and correcting cartographic mistakes made by previous explorers. The editors’ detailed afterword draws on Taylor’s extensive personal papers to highlight Taylor’s achievements and document his significant contributions to polar science.

There are now two books, both by Taylor, both about Operation Tabarin, and both with the same primary title(!); one published in Canada and one in the UK. These should not be confused as they are separate, but similar, books. This Canadian book consists of widely edited memoirs. The UK book is Taylor’s complete memoir as he wrote it.

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