Moscow, Russia - A secret Nazi-era tactical base has been discovered by Russian researchers on the island of Alexandra Land in the Arctic Circle, located 620 miles from the North Pole.
The site, code-named “Schatzgraber” or “Treasure Hunter” was built by Nazis in 1942 – a year after Hitler invaded Russia – and was primarily used as a tactical weather station that was crucial in planning the strategic movements of Nazi troops, warships and submarines.
"Before it was only known from written sources, but now we also have real proof," said Evgeny Ermolov, a senior researcher at the Russian Arctic National Park, in a statement. The written source Ermolov referenced is the book “Wettertrupp Haudegen,” published in 1954, and written in German.
The odd tale of how the base was abandoned in 1944 has often been dismissed as a strange war-time myth. Reportedly, supplies had dwindled to dangerously low levels and the officers stationed at the outpost were forced to kill and eat polar bear, which was ultimately infected with trichinosis and caused everyone to become severely ill. The scientists stationed at the base had to eventually be rescued by a German U-boat.
After 72 years, the long-lost Nazi “Treasure Hunter” base in the arctic has been found. Although there are no reports of the Ark of the Covenant or a UFO base, a number of wartime relics for the Nazi-era have been recovered from the outpost, according to the Russian Arctic National Park.
Many of the objects appear to be marked and dated, thus allowing for confirming their authenticity. Included among the artifacts are objects bearing Swaztikas and Nazi insignia. These artifacts will eventually be taken back to Russia where they will be studied, archived and eventually put on public display.
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Among the ruins of bunkers, rusted bullets and other relics dating from the Second World War have been discovered at the site, many of which remain in a good condition having been preserved by the cold weather, according to the Independent.
"About 500 items of historical value have been collected on the grounds of the former Treasure Hunter German station that operated on the Alexandra Land island of Franz Josef Land from September 1943 until July 1944," Russian Arctic National Park press secretary Yulia Petrova said in a statement. "They include munitions and military equipment, everyday items, personal effects, and fragments of meteorological devices."
In total, over 500 objects have been found, including a batch of well preserved documents, according to the Daily Mail. The code-name given to the base, by the Nazis, led to speculation that the outpost had a secret mission -- with some experts believing that it may have served as a base for the pursuit of ancient artifacts, many of which were believed to hold supernatural powers by the Ahnenerbe.
The Ahnenerbe was an institute in Nazi Germany that researched the archaeological and cultural history of the Aryan race with heavy occult influences. Founded on July 1, 1935, by Heinrich Himmler, Herman Wirth, and Richard Walther Darré, the Ahnenerbe later conducted experiments and launched expeditions in an attempt to prove that mythological Nordic populations had once ruled the world.
Alexandra Land, the region where the base was found, was a disputed territory for many years but is now officially recognized as part of the Russian Federation. Russia is reportedly planning to build a permanent military base in the region.
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