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Posted on Tuesday 18th June

On 18 June 1928, Norwegian explorer of polar regions, Roald Amundsen, disappeared without trace when his plane crashed during a search and rescue mission.

Amundsen was one of the key expedition leaders during the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration along with Douglas Mawson, Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton. He left his mark as one of the most successful explorers of the era, leading the Antarctic expedition 1910-1912 which led to the discovery of the South Pole in December 1911 and was the first expedition leader to undisputedly reach the North Pole in 1926.

A new book, From Pole to Pole - Roald Amundsen's Journey in Flight looks not only at Amundsen's achievements as an explorer – he reached the South Pole a mere 34 days before Robert Scott – but also at his interests in early aviation and his enthusiasm for flight.

Amundsen's involvement in aviation, from his experiments with man-lifting kites in 1909 to his death in 1928 while flying from Norway to Spitsbergen, has not been the subject of a detailed study until now. From Pole to Pole (Pen and Sword Books) is due out in October but is available to pre-order now at a discounted price, and deserves a special mention today, on the 85th anniversary of Roald Amundsen's disappearance.

Further Reading

From Pole to Pole

Only £19.99

From Pole to Pole

(Hardback - 194 pages)
by Garth James Cameron

Roald Amundsen (1872-1928) was the most successful polar explorer of his era using sledges, dogs, ski and ships. He is mainly remembered for being the first man to reach the South Pole on 14 December 1911. What is less often remembered is that he was also the first man to reach the North Pole on 12 May 1926 as the leader of the Amundsen- Ellsworth-Nobile expedition in the airship Norge. His involvement in aviation from… Read more...

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