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“Operation Tabarin” was a Second World War mission
to the Antarctic, far removed from the major theatre of battle but
nevertheless considered of vital political and strategic importance in
the safeguarding of British Sovereign Land. Conducted by the Admiralty
on behalf of the Colonial Office, the Expedition was organised and
executed under orders of the strictest secrecy. The men were drawn from a
combination of military and civilian occupations and all were
This book looks at the Operation from the previously unexplored aspect
of the political importance of the special stamps produced, and mail
sent and received through the operation of Post Offices at the
permanently occupied Antarctic bases. Previously unpublished pictures
and extracts from Government records are featured.
Departing Great Britain by ship at the end of 1943, their objective was to establish two permanently manned bases within the territory of the Falkland Islands Dependencies, with the following aims:
1. To ensure a British presence in the Antarctic to discourage enemy activity, particularly to prevent harbours and stocks of shipping oil falling into enemy hands.
2. To strengthen British claims to sovereignty of the Falkland Islands Dependencies, to which Argentina and Chile had made counter claims.
Permission was also given to carry out scientific research in the areas where the bases were established.
Never before, nor since, has an Antarctic expedition
laid such emphasis on special stamp issues and post offices, as befell
Operation Tabarin. It was conceived and executed during World War II,
primarily to strengthen British claims to sovereignty of the Falkland
Islands Dependencies. Permanent occupancy was deemed essential to resist
claims by other nations and a pivotal feature of this was demonstrated
by establishing post offices, handling the sending and receiving of
mail, thus demonstrating and reinforcing sovereignty over the territory.
The British Government also saw the potential to
recover some of the cost of mounting Operation Tabarin in 1943, by
hurriedly ordering the specially overprinted Falkland Islands stamps,
named for the Dependencies. These were: Graham Land, South Shetlands,
South Orkneys and South Georgia.
A philatelic exposé over SA Andrée's fatal balloon flight towards the North Pole
This book contains the most extensive illustrations of books and postcards from the expedition where Andrée attempted to fly by balloon to the North Pole. The book is easily read and designed as a polar exhibit. It begins with Andrée's upbringing and how he tested different balloons in the 1880s and 90s. Correspondence and relevant documents explain how the North Pole expedition was planned, and feature many unique letters and postcards both from the 1896 expedition (where the balloon launch was postponed) and the eventual 1897 flight from Spitsbergen. Further philatelic illustrations and text highlight the rescue expeditions that looked for the lost Swedish explorers without success, and how the mystery of what happened to the expedition was solved in 1930. It is a great compilation in the form of photographs, letters and postcards with excellent illustrations and documentation. Price: £15 plus postage
A philatelic exposé of the first Swedish Antarctic
Expedition led by Dr Otto Nordenskjöld 1901-1903 – This book shows mail from the first Swedish Antarctic Expedition led
by Otto Nordenskjöld and includes postcards, telegrams, and photographs. The
exhibit tells the dramatic story of the expedition, describing its route and
timetable with covers and cards sent from every port of call. Price £15 plus
Roald Amundsen Expedition Mail, Letters, Postcards
and Stamps, 64 pages - Price: £10 plus postage
Drama in the Arctic, SOS Italia – The search for
Nobile and Amundsen, A Diary and Postal History, 140 pages. Price: £15 plus postage
Antarctic Mail – From the Heroic Era when Ships were made of Wood and Men of Steel, 40 pages. Price: £15 plus postage
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