Skip to comments.HITLER'S GHOST ISLAND: Secret Nazi ‘Treasure Hunter’ base in Arctic found by Russian scientists
Posted on 12/12/2016 6:43:34 AM PST by Red Badger
HITLER'S GHOST ISLAND Secret Nazi Treasure Hunter base in Arctic found by Russian scientists after being abandoned over 70 years ago when crew was poisoned by polar bear meat
Ruined bunkers, rusted bullets and even documents among 500 objects found on remote island that may have been used as an outpost to search for mythical treasure trove
The mysterious site is located on a remote island in Russian territory more than 600 miles from the North Pole.
Set up in 1942, a year after Hitler invaded the Soviet Union, the military outpost on Alexandra land was christened Schatzgraber or Treasure Hunter.
The island was strategically vital to both sides during the Second World War because of its value in producing weather reports, according to the Daily Mail.
The information that it produced was crucial for the movement of troops and equipment in the frozen north of the USSR.
This was especially true as the brutal Russian winter set in that year, causing the relentless German advance to grind to a halt in the snow.
And the island was all the more important because most of the other potential sites capable of producing polar weather reports in the region were held by the Allies.
But the name given to the base suggests the Nazis may have had another, more secret, mission possibly searching for a mythical treasure trove or ancient artefacts.
A detachment of soldiers was dropped off on the island that year, establishing a base on the barren, rocky isle.
The men were re-supplied by air drops until the base was suddenly evacuated in 1944.
All of the outposts inhabitants were poisoned that year after eating polar bear meat contaminated with roundworms.
The survivors were rescued by a German U-boat and the base abandoned.
Since then, there was no fixed presence on the island until 1990, after the fall of the Soviet Union.
And now, more than 70 years later, the location of the Nazi base has finally been discovered by Russian scientists.
Images showed rusted bullets, shells, and patrol cans scattered across the rocky, frozen ground.
The team also found the remnants of bunkers and even 70-year-old papers, all remarkably well preserved by the intense cold.
In total, more than 500 objects were recovered from the site.
Russia is now establishing its own military base on Alexandra Land.
I thought the word for “hunter” was “Jäger.”
Just a code name.
Yes, for animals.....................
Schatzgraber = Treasure-hunters
And yes, the "rusted bullets" thing caught my eye too.
Lead doesn't rust; brass is fairly corrosion resistant, which is why its used in valves and piping.
The literal translation for Schatzgraber would be “Treasure graves”, since Schatz is treasure and ‘grab’ is ‘tomb’, but ‘graber’ is graves...............
I LOVE discoveries that reveal a past that we ordinarily don't know.
It humanizes history.
They may have used steel jacketed bullets?
Remember, this was WWII, we even made our pennies from steel. Copper was a very hot commodity...............
I'll guess they meant "petrol". I miss competent editors.
I think they must have been poisoned by polar bear liver. It contains toxic amounts of vitamin A. Other explorers have been poisoned & killed this way. Roundworms don’t kill you right off.
What they describe as shells are drop cases, it was the only way to get supplies to them. No landing strips and too far for a Storch to travel to. Not exactly where one would want to stay in the winter. It may have been more than a weather station, the Murmansk convoys had to go past there?
Likely just poor translation. “Rusted” should read corroded. And there is no such thing as “patrol cans” that should read “petrol cans”.
Earlier reports of this said it was a well-known weather-station and had been explored several times.
The Nazi legends will continue on in infamy for thousands of years if the world lasts that long. Though they were evil there is enough material to use them as villains in movies for a very long time...Suff like this and Hitler’s obsession with the occult make for good plot twists and turns...
You are correct. Graber is closer to dig, ditch or trench. Someone has chosen to translate it to hunter because it sounds better. My search for Schatzgraber brought many references to this as treasure hunter.
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