May 1917

Shackleton Odyssey

“Tell me, when was the war over?” “The war is not over, millions are being killed. Europe is mad, the world is mad.”

It seems that these were the words exchanged in May 1916 between Ernest Henry Shackleton (1874-1922) and the director of the Stromness whaling station in South Georgia. Captain Shackleton finally arrived, with a lifeboat, then walking through the ice, again into civilization, determined to find the means to save the men of the Endurance Expedition, which departed in August 1914, blocked by the ice in January 1915. From then on, the epic odyssey begins for the captain and his sailors, locked by the ice, forced to leave the ship, kill sled dogs, feed on penguins and otaries, and resists cold.

Intent on saving every man and understanding that the British Empire, engaged in the war, would not fund a rescue expedition, Shackleton gets help from Uruguay, and only in January 1917, he saves the men involved in the expedition; there were no casualties among the Endurance crew. The epic expedition ended: left in 1914 and returned in 1917, after an unbelievable journey, they found a completely changed world, devastated by war; some men, survivors of the adventure, will die on the battlefields.