Cold-blooded animals such as reptiles require sun and heat to warm their blood, making them much more active in a hotter temperature. You’d then assume, that the Nazis, who were both cold-blooded and reptilian like in just about everything they did, would seek somewhere warm to do their work.
Alas, no. Russian scientists have reportedly discovered a ‘secret’ Nazi Arctic military base on the island of Alexandra Land.
Alexandra Land is a large island located in Franz Josef Land,Arkhangelsk Oblast, Russian Federation. Not counting detached and far-lying Victoria Island, it is the westernmost island of the Franz Josef Archipelago.
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 artifacts.
The base lies 1,000km from the North Pole and was built in 1942, a year after Adolf Hitler, a well known snow enthusiast, invaded Russia.
Code-named ‘Schatzgraber’ or ‘Treasure Hunter’ by the Germans, it was mostly used as a tactical weather station.
The island proved to be absolutely vital during the Second World War, as their meteorological reports were pivotal for planning the movement of soldiers, ships and submarines.
72 years after the base was built, over 500 objects have been found inside, which include some documents dated somewhere between 1942 and 1944. The cold weather has helped to preserve artefacts from World War II.
Allegedly the German scientists who worked at the base were forced to leave via a U-boat in ’44 after eating polar bear meat, which ‘poisoned’ them.
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.