They expected to be the first hoped and believed in it, but in vain, first to the South Pole reached the other, a month earlier.
No one knows exactly when this picture was taken. Judging by the flag behind them - this is January 18, 1912, the day when the British expedition Royal Navy officer Robert Scott was at the southernmost point of the planet.
On that day, Scott wrote in his diary: "The Norwegians ahead of us - Amundsen was the first at the Pole! Monstrous disappointment! All-purpose flour, all the hardships - for what? I was horrified to think of a way back ... »
Scott fears were not in vain. The way back was the last of all, who is depicted in this photograph. First, falling into icy crevasse, Edgar Evans died - he was sitting right in the picture.
Far right of standing - Captain Lawrence Oates froze his feet and not to force the already barely alive friends to drag it out for yourself, just walked away from the camp.
"There was a blizzard. He said, "Go take a walk. Maybe not soon be back. " He went out in a blizzard, and we never saw him again. We knew that poor Oates goes to his death, and tried to dissuade him, but at the same time aware that he is acting like an honorable man and an English gentleman "- Scott wrote in his diary.
March 21, 1912 Captain Robert Scott, Dr. Edward Wilson (standing far left) and Lieutenant Henry Bowers (sitting on the left in the photo) as close as possible approached to the base camp food stores - until he was only eighteen kilometers. At this time, a violent snowstorm, which made it impossible to move forward. The English ran out of food and fuel. Nine days they could not leave the tent and left to die in it.
Scott found the strength to write twelve letters to relatives and friends, mothers and wives of fallen comrades.
"We knew that we were going to risk. Circumstances have turned against us, and so there is no reason to complain. After all, we've been on the pole and die with dignity. But if we were willing to give their lives for this cause, for the honor of their country, I appeal to his countrymen with the request: for God's sake, do not leave our loved ones. " These were the last words of a British naval officer Scott.
Scott Base, from which his expedition left November 1, 1911.
Hut built of wood and insulated dry algae. After the death of Scott's expedition she served as the base for another researcher - Ernest Shackleton, who in 1914 came out here in Trans-Antarctic Expedition.
All stocks of both expeditions, which they took with them, and left lying on the shelves.
Crackers. Overdue for 100 years, but they say delicious.
Canned, sauce, onion