Scott of the Antarctic: a true British hero?

In 1911, British explorer Robert Falcon Scott and Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen went head to head to be the first to reach the South Pole. While the gruelling challenge ended in victory for Amundsen, Scott and four of his companions perished on the return journey. Why then, asks Max Jones, is the British adventurer remembered as a true British hero?

The members of Captain Scott's ill-fated expedition to the South Pole. (Photo by Bettmann via Getty Images)

This article was first published in the August 2006 issue of BBC History Magazine 

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