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Army observers' report of Operation Highjump by United States Navy Task Force 68

By United States Navy Task Force 68

This record represents the mixed observations of military body of workers assigned to activity strength sixty eight, Operation "Highjump", Naval Antarctic improvement venture, December 1946 to April 1947. Chapters contain information about the Army's curiosity in Antarctica, engineer operations; transportation, airplane operation, seek and rescue, scientific concerns, communications (Signal Corps), Communications (ACS), images, meteorology, Antarctic plan for clinical exploration, and a mixed observers'; log.

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