A secret Nazi military base in the Arctic has been discovered by Russian scientists. The site – located on the island of Alexandra Land 1,000 km from the North Pole 0150 was constructed in 1942, a year after Adolf Hitler invaded Russia.
The base was codenamed “Schatzgraber” or “Treasure Hunter” by the Germans and was primarily used as a tactical weather station.
The base was abandoned when the scientists stationed there were poisoned by polar bear meat in 1944 and had to be rescued by a German U-boat.
It has been rediscovered 72 years later and more than 500 objects have been found, including a batch of well preserved documents. The ruins of bunkers, rusted bullets and other relics dating from the Second World War have been discovered at the site, many of which remain in a good condition having been preserved by the cold weather.
Researchers found bullets, scraps of tents and personal items such as shoes; many of which appear to be dated and marked with the swastika.
The island was vital during the Second World War as the meterological reports it produced were essential for planning the movement of troops, submarines and ships. The name given to the base has led some to believe it may have had another secret mission – with some specialists speculating that it might have been used for the pursuit of ancient relics.