The Third Reich In Antarctica. The German Antarctic Expedition 1938-39

By: Ludecke Cornelia & Summerhayes Colin

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The origins of the Third German Antarctic Expedition lie in a combination of the aspirations of German scientists to contribute to exploring and understanding the Antarctic environ¬ment, and the Nazi Party's drive for self-sufficiency on the road to war. In 1936/37 Germany had joined the whaling nations in the South Atlantic, keen to obtain whale oil without having to use valuable foreign currency reserves needed for rearmament. Considering that it needed a local whaling base, Germany decided to explore the possibility of setting up a supply base on the coast of Dronning Maud Land. The man in charge of German whaling was Councillor of State Helmut Wohlthat who in 1938 put this idea of unclaimed Antarctic territory as a territorial basis for German whaling, to his superior, Hermann Goring, the Commissioner for the Four Year Plan for Economic Development. Following consultation with other ministries, Goring approved the concept, and assigned resources for a reconnaissance expedition, including a ship and two seaplanes for aerial survey and photographic mapping. The Third German Antarctic Expedition was born. The expedition was led by Alfred Ritscher, a captain in the German navy and on 19 January 1939 Schwabenland arrived in Dronning Maud Land and began charting the region. Nazi German flags were placed on the sea ice along the coast and the area was named Neu Schwabenland after the ship. Its scientific studies, using state of the art equipment for meteorology and oceanography, made major discoveries. The expedition retuned to Hamburg on 11 April, 1939. This is the story of an ambitious and little-known expedition, which set out to map a large piece of Antarctica from the air, and in the process discovered an 800 km long mountain range and previously unsuspected freshwater lakes.

Title: The Third Reich In Antarctica. The German Antarctic Expedition 1938-39

Author Name: Ludecke Cornelia & Summerhayes Colin

Categories: Polar,

Edition: 2012 First Edition

Publisher: Bluntisham Books / Erskine Press: 2012

ISBN Number: 1852971037

ISBN Number 13: 9781852971038

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition: 259pp, hardback, New in dustwrapper.

Seller ID: 68957

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