Secret Nazi nuclear bunkers, sunken hordes of silver, and lost World War Two relics in the jungle, here are 10 of some of the greatest discoveries from World War Two.
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10: Secret Nazi Nuclear Bunker
When you think about the Nazis, you typically think of lunatic German soldiers shouting angrily and doing some pretty horrendous stuff. You don’t typically think about ants. But in fact, the Nazis were basically a bunch of ants. They burrowed all underneath Europe, constructing all kinds of underground tunnels and bunkers, with some of them only being found now.
9: Sunken Silver
When the Nazis fired their torpedoes at the S.S. Gairsoppa during the Second World War, they probably had no idea that the ship was actually carrying $240 million in silver bars and coins. Not that it would have done the Nazis much good in the end, but if they had known they probably would not have sunk the ship.
8: The Musashi Battleship Wreck
What do you do if you’re an American billionaire with an obsession for World War Two relics? Well, if you are Paul Allen, you put together your own exploration team and start looking for shipwrecks. This is exactly what happened back in 2015 when Mr. Allen discovered the sunken Japanese battleship, the Musashi, after it was sunk over 70 years ago by the United States forces.
7: Carrier Pigeon in the Chimney
Forget sunken ships and forget war planes. One of the coolest World War Two discoveries ever was the carrier pigeon found in a chimney. People from the United States probably are not that familiar with carrier pigeons, but in Britain they get a lot of respect. They have a huge historical significance in the United Kingdom.
6: The P-40 Kittyhawk
On June 28, 1942, Sergeant Dennis Copping was flying his damaged P-40 Kittyhawk between two British airfields located in Egypt. The plan was to get the plane repaired. However, the 24-year-old soldier crash landed in the middle of the desert and the aircraft sat there for over 70 years until found again in 2012.
5: The USS Independence
The USS independence was an impressive aircraft carrier used during the war. It operated from between 1943 and 1945 in the Pacific Ocean. Then, it became one of the vessels in a target fleet for atomic bomb testing in Bikini Atoll. It was damaged by shock waves and radiation, and was eventually sent back to the United States, where it was intentionally sunk off the coast of San Francisco.
4: The Japanese Mega Sub
The Japanese I-400 Class Submarine was easily one of the most impressive war machines of the 1940s. It was the largest submarine ever built, and it kept the title of largest until the 1960s when nuclear ballistic missile submarines went into production. But in the 40s, it was a mega sub. It had the ability to travel around the entire world 1.5 times without needing to refuel.
3: Panther Tank in the Basement
Everyone dreams of owning a tank. Arnold Schwarzenegger has one, why can’t I? Well, in 2015, police in northern Germany seized a World War 2 Panther tank that was being kept inside a senior citizen’s home. The man in question was 78 years old at the time, and he had been hoarding the Panther tank along with some other pretty impressive military equipment, such as a torpedo and an anti-aircraft gun.
2: The Me-262 Aircraft
In the Netherlands, the substantial remains of a Me-262 Schwalbe jet fighter have been discovered buried under the ground. The discovery came completely by accident while workers from the Deelen Air Base Museum were working to excavate a WWII bomb crater at a nearby airfield.
1: WWII Relic in the Jungle
World War Two planes are basically scattered all over the world, and some of them are only now being found. Take the Japanese Mitsubishi G4M1 Betty Bomber recently discovered on the Balalae Island in the Solomons, which had been rotting in the jungle for over 70 years. And it’s not the only one.
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