When the achievements of Umberto Nobile, designer and chief pilot of Roald Amundsen‘s airship Norge are overshadowed by international praise for the world famous Norwegian explorer after their joint flight over the North Pole, he becomes determined to best his former friend by landing and raising the Italian flag. But when the Italia crashlands, stranding him and his crew in the Arctic wilderness, courage, cowardice, friendship and rivalry lead to repercussions which reverberate around the world. Based on a true story.
The plight of the airship Italia and its crew was closely followed by the whole world. In spite of the Fascist Italian government’s attempts to discredit him, he was greeted by two hundred thousand cheering Italians when he returned to Italy after his rescue. Sadly, his former friend Roald Amundsen, with whom he had been locked in a feud since their joint trip on the airship Norge, died in the search for the Italia. This fascinating tale of rivalry, endurance and survival has been the topic of many publications in the past eight decades.