View of Icebreaker USS Edisto (AGB-2) underway in Antarctic waters. View of ice breaking in front of the ship and penquins swimming. View of cargo ship, USS Arneb (AKA-56), with heavy smoke pouring from stack. Penquins waddling about on the ice. Explorers disembarking from ship via long gangway to the ice. Group digging hole in ice. Views of Little America buildings and supplies left from previous expeditions. Admiral Byrd arrives by helicopter and presides over flag-raising ceremony for Little America II. Admiral Richard E. Byrd,Paul Siple, Major Murray Wiener USAF, and IGY representative Edward Goodall salute the flag.
Antarctic Expedition of U.S. Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd. Total darkness for six months on the Antarctic Pole. Two men stand in a room in the camp area named 'Little America'. One man wears a thick coat. They read the difference of the temperatures between the New York City and Little America. A difference of 168 degrees is noted between the temperatures of two places. A provision storehouse. A man walks through a corridor built of snow to the store house. He takes out a food box. Sled dogs are dressed in warm clothes. Men seated around a table and dress the dogs.
Members of the Byrd Expedition to Antarctica build the Little America Base camp including shelters and barricades against the strong icy winds. A man hits a stick on a pan to signal meal time. Men eat and drink at a table in the enclosure. A man takes a picture. Another one puts a flag in the ice sheet. Men dig in the snow with shovels. They raise tall planks to build a cabin. Piles of boxes. Men work as a blizzard sweeps over the ice sheet. A man completes the roof with planks. Radio towers on the ice.
U.S. explorer Richard E. Byrd's 3rd expedition to Antarctica. Team of workers constructing a large wooden building at Little America III. Condor seaplane seen behind the building. A tractor pulls sleds loaded with fuel drums. Boxes lying on snow. Camera placed on a tripod. Supplies being moved by dog sled. A tractor tows sled full of luggage.
Byrd Expedition members build Little America in Antarctica. Explorers at a camp site. Men shovel snow and pile up boxes to build a barricade against the strong icy winds. A man hits a stick on a pan to signal meal time. Men eat and drink at a table in the enclosure. A man takes a picture another one puts a flag in the ice sheet. Men dig in the snow with shovels. They raise tall planks to build a make shelters. Piles of boxes. Men work as a blizzard sweeps over the ice sheet. A man completes the roof with planks. Radio towers on the ice.
Relates to the U.S. Antarctic expedition,Operation High Jump. Shows U.S. Navy fleet in Antarctica. A group of emperor penguins. Antics of the penguins. Sailors anchor the ships with "dead men" (sunk pylons). Aircraft, vehicles and equipment including Weasels, trucks, bulldiozers, are unloaded from the ships up to "Little America." Huskies carry sailors on sledges and sleds. Demolition team plant charges and clears the way ahead. Men build an airstrip on the ice for the landings of U.S. DC-3 (R4D) aircraft. Tracked caterpillars and bulldozer level the surface. The expedition team starts to settle in Antarctica.