FLASHBACK 1946: Operation Highjump in Antartica

In this issue of the Army-Navy Screen Magazine series (No. 85), viewers are treated to a short documentary on the U.S. Navy’s Antarctic expedition, Operation Highjump, a 1946-1947 mission to Antarctica to establish the Antarctic research base Little America IV, to assess the feasibility of maintaining a permanent base, and further American understanding of the continent that led to global peace treaty that restricts research and travel to Antarctica.

The Antarctic Treaty was signed in Washington on 1 December 1959 by the twelve countries whose scientists had been active in and around Antarctica during the International Geophysical Year (IGY) of 1957-58. It entered into force in 1961 and has since been acceded to by many other nations. The total number of Parties to the Treaty is now 56.


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