What is the history behind Nazi Gold Train? Posted by Kasia on Dec 22, 2015 in Current News, History
Most of you probably heard about the Nazi Gold Train supposedly found in Poland recently…The mysterious train is a local legend that concerns a locomotive reckoned to be filled with gold, jewels and other treasures which was hidden by the Nazi during the end of World War II. They hid it there because the city was occupied by Germany before it was taken by Poland at the end of the war.
With the use of magnetic and gravitational equipment in order to analyse geophysical data, geology experts from University of Science and Technology in Kraków did some survey on the site in Wałbrzych, Southwestern Poland. Janusz Madej, head of the survey team, said that there is a possibility of a tunnel but they were unable to locate a train.
However, these findings only involve one of the many places in Wałbrzych where Nazi military bases and related equipment were rumored to be situated and kept, which includes treasures and spoils of war such as the Nazi Gold Train. Historians also discovered that the Nazi created underground tunnels in the mountains during the war in order to carry out their military missions in a more covert manner. The history experts also reckoned these tunnel system are either used as secret hideouts or factories to manufacture weapons of war.
Earlier this year, an explorer Piotr Koper claimed that his geology equipment discovered traces at what could be the hidden Nazi train. His examinations were made prior to the ones done by the Polish geologists. Along with another explorer, Andreas Richter, Koper informed public officials of Wałbrzych that they located the legendary yet elusive locomotive in one of the tunnels near the city.
The town authorities then requested geology experts to investigate Koper and Richter’s claim to which the Polish geologists proclaimed that no such military train was found.
As of late December, no Nazi Gold Train nor traces of it was found at a site where such mystery train was said to be hidden.
Do you know the trues story behind the train?
It started in 1943 from Allies’ carpet bombing, when German leaders decided to move strategic military production to area out of Allies reach. They chose Sudety mountains, especially the Owl Mountains and started Project Riese (Project “Giant”) aimed at building a network of underground structures for uncertain purpose.
In summer 1944 Soviet army approached Wisła river line, directly threatening German native soil. Panicked Germans started massive evacuations of mostly stolen goods from Poland, Eastern Prussia and other countries. Many of these transports were directed to various destinations in Sudety mountains, including Riese complex. It led to several stories about Nazi treasures hidden in the mountains. Probably some of them are real, but there are also many urban legends. When you visit Sudety, locals will tell you that in every second underground tunnel there is Nazi treasure hidden. E.g. some believe Amber Room is also hidden in Sudety.