Lost Gold of World War II
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He immerses himself in the legends that made these intriguing locations famous and explores them through his unique point of view. Throughout the early s and s, the Zodiac Killer, one of history's most famous unidentified serial murderers, terrorized America in a spree of heinous attacks, sending taunting Legend has it that there is a treasure of immense value buried in the Philippine jungle - now a team of American experts, with the help of the only surviving witness, try to uncover the clues to solve the greatest mystery of WW2.
If it weren't for the history channel, we wouldn't have any opportunities as viewers to be part of the missions to find lost treasure, unless of course you're a treasure hunter, which most of us are not.
So, thank you History channel, the only channel to go go above and beyond on trying to locate these artifacts of history. Like any treasure hunt, there's never a garauntee that the 'lost' treasure will be found. However; the possibility in this location obviously exists and John and his crew are doing a fantastic job trying to use their experience with engraved markers, caves, and landmarks like the pyramid rock to find this treasure.
They must be real close. Sign In. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. Full Cast and Crew. Release Dates.Yamashita's goldalso referred to as the Yamashita treasureis the name given to the alleged war loot stolen in Southeast Asia by Imperial Japanese forces during World War II and hidden in caves, tunnels, underground complexes, or just underground in the Philippines.
Though accounts that the treasure remains hidden in the Philippines have lured treasure hunters from around the world for over fifty years, its existence is dismissed by most experts. The Seagraves contend that looting was organized on a massive scale, by both yakuza gangsters such as Yoshio Kodamaand the highest levels of Japanese society, including Emperor Hirohito.
It is purported that many of those who knew the locations of the loot were killed during the war, or later tried by the Allies for war crimes and executed or incarcerated.
Yamashita himself was convicted of war crimes and executed by the U. The stolen property reportedly included many different kinds of valuables looted from banks, depositoriesother commercial premises, museumsprivate homes, and religious buildings. According to various accounts, the loot was initially concentrated in Singaporeand later transported to the Philippines.
As the War in the Pacific progressed, U. Navy submarines and Allied warplanes inflicted increasingly heavy sinkings of Japanese merchant shipping. Some of the ships carrying the war booty back to Japan were sunk in combat. The Seagraves and a few others  have claimed that American military intelligence operatives, including Edward Lansdalelocated much of the loot; they colluded with Hirohito and other senior Japanese figures to conceal its existence, and they used it to finance American covert intelligence operations around the world during the Cold War.
These rumors have inspired many hopeful treasure hunters, but most experts and Filipino historians say there is no credible evidence behind these claims. InImelda Marcos claimed that Yamashita's gold accounted for the bulk of the wealth of her husband, Ferdinand Marcos. Many individuals and consortia, both Philippine and foreign, continue to search for treasure sites. A number of accidental deaths, injuries and financial losses incurred by treasure hunters have been reported.
The National Museum of the Philippines is responsible for the issuance of treasure hunting permits and licenses. Ricardo Jose, history professor from the University of the Philippineshas questioned the theory that treasure from mainland Southeast Asia was transported to the Philippines: "By the Japanese were no longer in control of the seas It doesn't make sense to bring in something that valuable here when you know it's going to be lost to the Americans anyway.
The more rational thing would have been to send it to Taiwan or China. Philippines National Historical Institute chairman and historian Ambeth Ocampo commented: "Two of the wealth myths I usually encounter are the Yamashita treasure and gossip that the Cojuangco fortune was founded on a bag of money In Marcha Filipino treasure hunter named Rogelio Roxas filed a lawsuit in the state of Hawaii against the former president of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda Marcos for theft and human rights abuses.
Roxas claimed that in Baguio City in he met the son of a former member of the Japanese army who mapped for him the location of the legendary Yamashita Treasure. Roxas claimed a second man, who served as Yamashita's interpreter during the Second World Wartold him of visiting an underground chamber there where stores of gold and silver were kept, and who told of a golden buddha kept at a convent located near the underground chambers. Roxas claimed that within the next few years he formed a group to search for the treasure, and obtained a permit for the purpose from a relative of Ferdinand, Judge Pio Marcos.
InRoxas claimed, he and his group uncovered an enclosed chamber on state lands near Baguio City where he found bayonetssamurai swordsradios, and skeletal remains dressed in a Japanese military uniform. Also found in the chamber, Roxas claimed, were a 3-foot-high 0. He claimed he opened just one of the boxes, and found it packed with gold bullion.
He said he took from the chamber the golden Buddha, which he estimated to weigh 1, kilograms, and one box with twenty-four gold bars, and hid them in his home.
He claimed he resealed the chamber for safekeeping until he could arrange the removal of the remaining boxes, which he suspected were also filled with gold bars. Roxas said he sold seven of the gold bars from the opened box, and sought potential buyers for the golden Buddha.
Two individuals representing prospective buyers examined and tested the metal in the Buddha, Roxas said, and reported it was made of solid, carat gold.
It was soon after this, Roxas claimed, that President Ferdinand Marcos learned of Roxas' discovery and ordered him arrested, beaten, and the Buddha and remaining gold seized. Roxas alleged that in retaliation to his vocal campaign to reclaim the Buddha and the remainder of the treasure taken from him, Ferdinand continued to have Roxas threatened, beaten and eventually incarcerated for over a year. Following his release, Roxas put his claims against Marcos on hold until Ferdinand lost the presidency in But inRoxas and the Golden Budha Corporation, which now held the ownership rights to the treasure Roxas claims was stolen from him, filed suit against Ferdinand and wife Imelda in a Hawaiian state court seeking damages for the theft and the surrounding human rights abuses committed against Roxas.
Roxas died on the eve of trial,  but prior to his death he gave the deposition testimony that would be later used in evidence.By John Tiffany. In reality, it was the treasure of Hirohito. Yamashita merely worked for Hirohito. The royal family was put in charge of supervising the whole process, and as much booty as possible was taken to Japan.
Many treasure ships were scuttled in Tokyo Bay, with an eye to salvaging the loot when the war was over. Some of the treasure was first taken to the Philippines. But the Americans began sinking Japanese ships left and right, so the emperor and his family decided to hide much of the treasure in caves in the Philippines, expecting and hoping that the islands would remain in Japanese hands at the end of the war and the loot could then be recovered. The routine was to select a good cave, fill it with treasure, and then blowup the entrance to the cave, with the workers sealed inside where they would soon die.
After the war, many secret deals were made by the United States government to let Japanese war criminals, especially the top criminal, the emperor, and the royal family, off the hook. In exchange, much of the stolen gold, silver, gems, antiquities etc was secretly taken by U.
This is where the secret agency got its first big financing—under the table of course. This secret dealing was itself one of the greatest crimes of the 20th century. In DecemberJapan declared war on China and surrounded the capital city, which at that time was Nanking. Prince Chichibu, younger brother of Hirohito, had been chosen to direct the ultra-secret treasure-looting team.
The infamous Death March began. Japanese victories on all fronts were heady. Burma was in Japanese hands by March, Plans had been drawn up to invade Australia. Another pleasant surprise experienced by Prince Chichibu was the discovery that the Dutch had moved their treasures to the East Indies.
Not only did Japan have the wealth of the Asian continent, but they were now rewarded with much of the European treasures as well. Collection of wealth throughout the conquered lands continued. With Shanghai in their hands, the Golden Lily team found themselves stretched to the limit keeping up with the collection and melting down of precious metals. Their first setback was the Battle of the Coral Seawhere the Allies had forced Japan to turn back her invasion fleet, which Hirohito had planned to land in New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.
The following month they suffered another big setback with the Battle of Midwaywhere Japan lost four carriers and the cream of her aviators.
These were the very ships and pilots that had attacked Pearl Harbor five months earlier.Legend has it that there is a treasure of immense value buried in the Philippine jungle — now a team of American experts, with the help of the only surviving witness, try to uncover the clues to solve the greatest mystery of WW2.
This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity and length. But, we needed an original way in. We filmed with him and as soon as we started seeing it come together it felt like a brand new way into World War II, so we were incredibly excited when Dolores Gavin at History got it immediately and became as enthusiastic as us.
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Please, whitelist realscreen.It was also their intent to collect the gold after the war was over. However decades later that gold has remained undiscovered with the new operation — launching a few hundred miles west of Ireland — aiming to rectify that. From our vast research database, we have access to invaluable information such as cargoes, wreck locations, water depths and legal ownerships.
The circumstances of the sinking and location of the wrecks are often further confirmed by inquest documentation and survivor accounts. However the organisation is also keen to point out the sensitivity of their operation and that they do not intended to disturb or desecrate the final resting places of those of died on those ships. All will be treated with respect and those wrecks known to be sensitive and specifically, to have carried evacuee children, will be avoided at all costs.
Sinceall sunken British warships have been declared war graves and officially marked as sovereign territory, however the merchant ships are not.
After coverage of the recovery costs, profits will be shared among the investors, with a percentage going towards selected marine charities. Getty UK. Credits The Telegraph.LONGER than a football field, the Japanese submarine I was carrying more than two tons of gold and hundreds of tons of other metals and raw materials to the Nazi war machine when she was sighted on June 23,by allied forces in the Atlantic.
An American bomber swept out of the midnight sky and dropped a torpedo. The pilot, listening to undersea sounds radioed by acoustic buoys, heard an explosion and a metallic groan as the submarine lost air and sank with more than men. Debris found floating the next day included fragments of silk and a Japanese sandal. For half a century the warship lay hidden in the depths of the Atlantic. No diver, submersible or robot ever uncovered her grave, the exact location of which was a mystery.
Until now. With the help of advanced gear and methods once reserved for the world's militaries, Paul R. Tidwell, a maritime researcher, found the hulk this spring more than three miles beneath the sea. Tidwell said in an interview.
Finding the I is a case study of how the deep oceans, once inaccessible, are being opened up for science and commerce. During the cold war, deep ocean technology was a monopoly of the superpowers and their navies. But Mr. Tidwell, using an advanced research ship from Russia and special navy skills from America, put together a team that accomplished something seldom if ever done before by civilians at such depths.
His team located the warship in 17, feet of water some 1, miles west of the Cape Verde Islands, apparently intact save for a torpedo hole on her starboard side and some minor bow damage. She lies on rocky seabed, sitting upright, lines draped eerily across her deck as if the ghost ship were caught in some kind of preparatory activity. Tidwell, a former Army infantryman who served two tours of duty in the Vietnam War and won a Purple Heart.
Those people were doing their jobs and died bravely, regardless of their nationality. Jesse D.Lost Gold of World War II: Secret CIA Treasure Hunters (Season 1) - History
Taylor, the Navy pilot who torpedoed the submarine a half-century ago, said the discovery was a surprise.Legend has it that there is a treasure of immense value buried in the Philippine jungle - now a team of American experts, with the help of the only surviving witness, try to uncover the clues to solve the greatest mystery of WW2.
The show is exciting to watch as you hold your breath if there is treasure or not as they move rocks. It is educational as well especially about the Golden Lilly symbols.
I hope it continues to Season 2. There are many of us that are waiting for the next episode to begin where the last one left us hanging. You have our attention.
Lost Japanese Sub With 2 Tons of Axis Gold Found on Floor of Atlantic
Probably a lot of red tape to cut through given the warnings they received and now they actually found a vast tunnel. MIB gonna come out of the woodwork and watch their every move. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam.
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Comments Amazing show it needs to continue.
There actually finding stuff unlike other treasure shows. Show is amazing! Left us with a cliff hanger.
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