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Film Series: Battle for the Himalayas: The Fight to Film Everest (UK, 2015)

W.T. Young Library UKAA Auditorium
Speaker(s) / Presenter(s):
Dr. Harald Höbusch (MCLLC)


Between the 1920s and the 1960s the world's great powers sent vast military-style expeditions to conquer the peaks of the Himalayas, with Everest at their head.  This was a great game played - camera in hand - by Imperial Britain, Nazi Germany and superpower America.  As a result, Himalayan mountaineering's most iconic, epic and tragic moments didn't just go down in history, but were caught on film - from the deaths of Mallory and Irvine on Everest in 1924, to Everest's final conquest in 1953 by Hillary and Tensing.   Using footage never before seen on television, this is the story of how film-makers turned the great peaks into great propaganda.

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