Most people know that Adolf Hitler's Nazi government researched advanced weapons and other military technology, but did you know that the Third Reich also sponsored many archaeological expeditions across the world?
A weather station with the tell-tale name 'Schatzgraber', or 'Treasure Hunter' in English, was rediscovered on Alexandra Land, a Russian island located less than 700 miles from the north pole.
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Around 500 artefacts were found at the WWII era meteorological station in August by an expedition to the Russian Arctic National Park, including pieces of military uniforms, ammunition, household objects, meteorological equipment, and, of course, some Nazi swastikas.
According to archives, the station was operated by the Nazis from 1942, transmitting regular meteorological reports.
In 1944, Treasure Hunter personnel were allegedly evacuated due to an outbreak of illness after some ate polar bear meat.
The station was destroyed in the 1950s.
However, no records remain as to why the Nazis called this station 'Treasure Hunter' and, if they were looking for treasure, no hints remain as to what sort of ancient relics or precious items they hoped to find, and no hints to explain why they believed they would find anything valuable in such an inhospitable climate so close to the unforgiving Arctic temperatures of the North Pole.
The expedition findings are now being transported to Arkhangelsk for analysis by experts who will try to unravel the mystery of this abandoned Nazi Arctic weather station.