World War II was a global conflict that involved all of the world’s super powers. During a time of war human rights and societal laws become lost, towns are massacred, art houses are looted, and military figures are assassinated. The conflicting countries operations and certain war time events become classified and highly secretive. This is why many historical gaps and mysteries surround wars. Many influential events that occurred during World War II are still shrouded in mystery, including an outbreak of reported unidentified flying objects. Bright lights and unexplained UFO’s became such a regular occurrence during WWII that they were given the name “Foo Fighters” or “Kraut Fireballs.” Here is information surrounding 10 of the most widely documented mysteries of WWII.
10. Centaur CS IV Tanks Discovered
In 2008, the remains of two rusting tanks were discovered 8 miles off East Wittering, West Sussex. After initial photos were taken of the wreckage, World War II and artillery experts
identified the machines as Centaur CS IV tanks. Centaur CS IV tanks were premiere fighting machines that were armed with a 95mm howitzer (51 rounds of ammunition). The CS IV is the
only version of the Centaur known to have seen combat, in service with the Royal Marines Armoured Support Group. The vehicles were fitted with wading gear to get them ashore. They
had waterproofed engine inlets and their covers were fitted to the guns. In total there were 114 Centaur CS IV tanks produced. Historians believe the discovered tanks were part of an 80-strong contingent that was bound for France on D-Day, but the pair sank in mysterious circumstances. The discovery of the tanks has puzzled war investigators and increased the number of surviving Centaur CS IV tanks to four.
9. Malbork Mass Graves
Malbork is a town in northern Poland. During World War II this area of the world was part of Germany West Prussia. In recent decades numerous mass graves have been unearthed in the
area. In January of 2009 a discovery of over 1800 bodies and human remains were discovered in Malbork. The first skeletons were found by construction workers. It was a mystery, but clear that the victims were subject to a massacre. They were buried with no clothes and many had gunshot wounds to the head. The bodies had been completed raided. The majority of the archeologists, scientists, and historians that have studied the site agree that the bodies are probably German citizens of the town of Malbork that were massacred during the Russian
advance in 1945. Many of these battles were violent, as the Russian’s murdered and raped any German citizen in their way.
8. Adolf Hitler’s Art Collections
Many international museum displays claim to have Adolf Hitler’s original globe, including Deutsches Historisches Museum, Märkisches Museum, and the Berlin History Museum, but
German historians claim it is nowhere to be found. Hitler’s original globe was one of two special editions manufactured in Berlin during the 1930’s. It was the size of a Volkswagen,
and more expensive. It had a wood base that was designed to support it, but custom furniture stands were made for Hitler. Another mystery surrounding World War II is Hitler’s art collection.
Hitler intended on creating a National Socialist museum of art in the Austrian city of Linz, but towards the end of the war the Germans destroyed hundreds of sacred pieces of art. They also stashed works, and many of these paintings were sold on the black market. Art was auctioned off to wealthy buyers and many famous works are still missing to this day.
7. Rommel’s Treasure
Erwin Rommel was perhaps the most famous German Field Marshal of World War II. In 1944, Allied troops were closing in on Rommel’s Corps and he ordered four SS divers to bury a German treasure within six steel ammunition boxes. The treasure is said to consist of precious stones, gold and silver bullion. It is apparently located in an underwater cavern off the eastern coast of the Mediterranean island of Corsica. In 2007, historians and treasure hunters were focusing on a photo of a German soldier that contains a written code to the location of Rommel’s treasure. The investigators are confident that they are very close to discovering the precise location of the treasure. To date there are no records on the recovery of the Rommel treasure.
6. Velzer Affair
Earlier this year, the province of North Holland agreed to fund another investigation into the Velzer Affair, a murky World War II case involving the betrayal of communist resistance fighters and collaboration with the Nazi occupiers. Many questions are still swirling around this mysterious event when many communist resistance activists and advisors were handed over to the Germans and executed. The most well known individual case was that of Dutch communist resistance fighter Hannie Schaft, who was murdered three weeks before the Netherlands was liberated. Many feel that Velzen’s chief of police and several officers collaborated with the Nazis and some of them were members of the Dutch National Socialist Party (NSB), but nothing has ever been proven. People claim that high ranking officials rounded up several left-wing and Communist resistance fighters and handed them over to the Nazis, in order to ensure that the Dutch society would run the same as it had before the war. The Velzer Affair remains an influential and mysterious war time event.
5. Battle of Los Angeles
On February 24 and 25, 1942 unknown and unidentified flying object appeared in the skies over Los Angeles, California. It was less than three months after Pearl Harbor and
the U.S. entry into World War II. The United States military could not identify the enemy aircrafts, so they opened up with a massive anti-aircraft artillery barrage. Prior to
the event, a Japanese submarine I-17 surfaced and fired on an oil production facility near Santa Barbara. This created the repositioning of many military and naval troops on
the western coast of the U.S. When unidentified objects were reported in the skies above Los Angles a total blackout was ordered and air raid sirens were set off.
The 37th Coast Artillery Brigade began firing 12.8-pound anti-aircraft shells at the objects. Three civilians died from friendly fire and many buildings were damaged, a battle was fought in Los Angeles. Initially the target of the aerial barrage was thought to be an attacking force from Japan, but it was later suggested to be imaginary and a case of war nerves, a lost weather balloon, a blimp, a Japanese fire balloon or a psychological warfare technique, staged for the benefit of coastal industrial sites, another common claim in an extraterrestrial craft. The incident remains a complete mystery.
4. The Death of Subhas Chandra Bose
Subhas Chandra Bose was a leader in the Indian independence movement. Bose believed that tactics of non-violence would never be sufficient to secure India’s independence,
and advocated violent resistance. His stance did not change with the outbreak of World War II, which he saw as an opportunity to take advantage of British weakness. With
Japanese assistance he formed many military operations against the British in India. His actions during the war have been the cause of many arguments among historians and
politicians. Some feel he was a Nazi supporter and others claim he was an important and influential force in India’s move toward independence. Officially, Bose died in a
plane crash over Taiwan, while flying to Tokyo on August 18, 1945.
However, his body was never recovered and numerous theories have surfaced surrounding his survival or execution. One such claim is that Bose actually died in
Siberia, while in Soviet captivity. Other people believe that the Hindu sanyasi named Bhagwanji, who lived in Faizabad, near Ayodhya and died in 1985, was Subhas Chandra
Bose in exile. However, the mystery surrounding Bose’s death may be solved by 2020 when the British government will release classified documents.
3. The Amber Room
One of the biggest mysteries of World War II is the missing treasures of The Amber Room. The Amber Room is an 11-foot-square hall consisting of large wall panels inlaid with several tons of superbly designed amber, large gold-leaf-edged mirrors, and four magnificent Florentine mosaics. It was arranged in three tiers, the amber contained precious jewels, and glass display cases housed one of the most valuable collections of Prussian and Russian artwork ever assembled. Created for Prussia’s King Friedrich I and given to Russian czar Peter the Great in 1716, it was located at Catherine Palace, near St. Petersburg. In 1941, the Nazis stormed Leningrad and stole the artifact. They put it on display in Königsberg Castle during the remainder of the war. However, in April of 1945, after the German’s surrendered, the treasure was nowhere to be found. It has not been seen since. Although, recent evidence has surfaced that suggests the underground site of the treasure might have been discovered.
2. The Flight of Rudolf Hess
One of the most mysteries incidents of World War II is the flight of Rudolf Hess to Scotland in 1941. The event has given birth too many conspiracy theories in England.
Hess was a prominent figure in Nazi Germany, acting as Adolf Hitler’s Deputy to the Nazi Party. On the eve of Germany’s declaration of war with the Soviet Union, he flew
solo to Scotland in an attempt to negotiate peace with the United Kingdom, but instead was arrested. He was tried at Nuremberg and sentenced to life in prison at Spandau
Prison, Berlin, where he died in 1987. The question quickly arose, why would Rudolf Hess intentionally fly to Scotland to be arrested?
It was clear that Hess was attempting to score a diplomatic victory by sealing a peace between the Third Reich and Britain, but no documental evidence exists that any member of the British Government gave him any impression that an agreement could be reached. There is also no documental evidence that British officials planned on tricking Hess into making the flight. The incident could also have been Rudolf Hess’s last effort to gain the following of England, as he realized that war with Russia would eventually lead to the end of the Third Reich. The event remains one of the most documented and influential mysteries of WWII.
1. Foo Fighters or Kraut Fireballs
The term foo fighter was used by Allied aircraft pilots in World War II to describe various mysterious aerial phenomena seen in the skies over both the European and Pacific Theater of Operations. The first sightings occurred in November 1944, when pilots flying over Germany reported seeing fast-moving round glowing objects following their aircraft. The objects were described as fiery and glowing red, white, or orange. Some pilots described them as resembling Christmas tree lights and fireballs, as big as 300 feet and as small as 1 foot. The foo fighters could not be outmaneuvered or shot down.
The military took the sightings seriously, suspecting that the mysterious sightings might be secret German weapons, but further investigation revealed that German and Japanese
pilots had reported similar sightings. During war time the term foo fighters became commonly used to mean any UFO sighting. Many people have speculated extraterrestrial involvement. During WWII, these experiences were taken very seriously. Accounts of these cases were presented to heavyweight scientists, such as David Griggs, Luis Alvarez and H.P. Robertson. The phenomenon was never explained. Most of the information about the issue has never been released by military intelligence.