to develop techniques for establishing and maintaining air bases on the ice, with particular attention to the later applicability of such techniques to operations in interior Greenland. (where, it was then believed, physical and climatic conditions resembled those in Antarctica) Quoting: Anonymous Coward 244928
to amplify existing knowledge of hydrographic, geographic, geological, meteorological and electromagnetic conditions in the area."
and that's why they needed "4,700 men, 13 ships, and multiple aircraft". sounds like BS.
Why would that sound like BS? We'd just finished fighting a war with about eleven million men and women in uniform, and now there wasn't anyone left to fight -- yet. The American military planners were already beginning to look at the USSR as a potential adversary -- and a whole lot of Russia and its environs are really cold.
Maybe they figured it was better not to get caught with their collective thumbs up their butt like they did in 1941.
It sounds to me like the goals were pretty involved; look at all the stuff they were planning to do. I'd say that, given the logistical difficulties, that the manpower requirements weren't that high after all.
also wiki-page doesn't mentions the planned time of expedition vs. actual, only that it ended in 1947. Quoting: Anonymous Coward 244928
No, but if you go to a site like this one:
[link to www.south-pole.com
it will give you a more detailed historical timeline.
[link to en.wikipedia.org
Again, although some of the details about Operation Highjump were classified (it was
a military operation, after all), it seems pretty much straightforward scientific research and military planning.