An awesome historical discovery was recently made by Russian scientists, a secret Arctic Nazi base that had been lost to antiquity. The fabled base was known as "Treasure Hunter" ("Schatzgraber" in German), and many had long believed that the secret Arctic Nazi base was nothing more than the stuff of myth and legends. Now, researchers and historians alike are rejoicing as its existence and remains have finally been confirmed.Located on the remote Arctic island of Alexandra Land, the base was reportedly built way back in 1942, not long after the Nazi invasion of Russia, reports IFLScience. The secret Arctic Nazi base reportedly had a fairly mundane purpose, according to scientists and researchers. Located roughly 600 miles from the North Pole, the Arctic Nazi base is believed to have been used almost exclusively to monitor the weather.
According to the Russians who discovered it, as well as the historical records written by the Nazi scientists who utilized the secret Arctic base, it was officially a "tactical weather station."According to a legend so bizarre that most modern historians and researchers believed that it had to be nothing more than the stuff of myths and tall tales, the secret Arctic Nazi base was reportedly left completely abandoned after a freak poisoning that involved all of the Nazi scientists stationed at the remote Alexandra Land outpost.
What were they poisoned by? As the story goes, the entire team got sick after eating polar bear meat. The incident took place in 1944, and for a long time it was unknown whether the polar bear meat had gone bad (hard to imagine in the refrigerated climate) or if the polar bear meat was somehow tainted or even deliberately poisoned. Now we know that the Nazi scientists weren't "poisoned"; they were infected with a parasitic worm known as trichinella, which results in Trichinellosis. Either way, the Nazi scientists living at the secret Arctic Nazi base suffered serious illness as a result of their polar bear rations.Ultimately, they had to be rescued from the secret Nazi base by a U-boat in 1944, which reportedly made its way to the Arctic to bring the Nazi scientists home. The base was completely abandoned; the Nazis didn't make it back before the end of WWII and the fall of the Nazi regime. Since that day, it was swallowed back up by the Arctic and became shrouded in mystery to the extent that many believed that the secret Arctic Nazi base never existed at all, reports the Independent.
But exist it did and apparently still does. Over seven decades after being unceremoniously left in the cold, the secret Arctic Nazi base was recently rediscovered by intrepid Russian researchers, and along with it a veritable treasure trove of Nazi WWII artifacts.According to reports, the cold Arctic climate even allowed for paper documents to remain well-preserved, and the Arctic Nazi base reportedly yielded a "batch" of them to the lucky Russian crew that made the incredible discovery.
All in all, over 500 different historical objects were found by scientists at the Arctic Nazi base, not to mention some fairly epic ruins. Among the coveted relics uncovered at the secret Nazi base are a bunch of bullets, dilapidated bunkers, and even abandoned WWII-era meteorological equipment.While the need for a tactical weather station may not be obvious, particularly one located in such a remote and dangerous area of the world, the fact of the matter is that understanding the weather and the weather to come was utterly imperative for those orchestrating WWII, Allies and Nazis alike, particularly in the harsh winter months.
It is likely that the existence of the secret Arctic Nazi base was fundamental for the Nazi's continued success during WWII. Without the information gleaned by Nazi researchers and scientists on Alexandra Land, Nazi generals and other high-level military personnel would have been unable to plan in advance. Without their secret Arctic Nazi base, ranking officers would have had no idea when and where to safely move ships, subs, and even troops during the devastating war.
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