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In 1938, Hitler, anxious for a foothold in the Antartic, sent an expediition commanded by Captain Alfred Richter to the coast Due south of South Africa. Two seaplanes were launched from the deck of the carrier, Schwabenland, daily for three weeks. They had orders to fly back and forth across the territory which Norwegian explorers had named Queen Maud Land. The Germans had then made a far more thorough study of these region,
finding vast areas that were free of ice. They renamed the area
"Neuschwabenland" and claimed it as part of the Third Reich. German ships and U-boats continued to operate in the South Atlantic Ocean, particularly
between South Africa and the Antartic, throughout WWII. Then, in March 1945, just before the end of the war, two German U-boats, U-530 and U-977, left from a port on the Baltic Sea. Alegedly, they took with them members of the flying saucer research teams, the last of the most vital saucer components, the notes and drawings for the saucer, and the designs for gigantic underground complexes and living accomodations based on the underground factories of Nordhausen in the Harz mountains. The U-boats allegedly unloaded all of this in Antartica. Then, two months after the war, they mysteriously surfaced off the coast of Argentina where the crews were handed over to the American authorities, who interrogated them at length and then flew them all back to the United States and questioned the Captains of both U-boats for almost ayear.
About a year after their capture, the United States launched the biggest
operation ever known regarding the Antartic. The purpose was to "circumnavigate the 16,000 mile continent and map it thoroughly.." "Brisant"
felt i odd that Operation Highjump, as it was called, under the command of
Adm. Richard E. Byrd, included 13 ships, 2 seaplane tenders, an aircraft
carrier, 6 two engine R4D transports, 6 Martin PBM flying boats, 6 helicopters and a staggering 4000 men. That expedition became somewhat of a mystery. It docked near the German claimed Neuschwabenland and split up into three separate task forces. Some reports claim that the mission was an enormous success. Other, mainly foreign, reports say that it was a complete disaster: that many of Byrd's men were lost on the first day, that at least four of his airplanes had disappeared, and that while the expedition had gone rovisioned for 6 to 8 months, they had returned only after a few weeks.
According to "Brisant" Admiral Byrd told a reporter that it was "necessary
for the USA to take defensive actions aginst enemy air fighters which come
from the polar regions" and that in case of a new war the USA would be
"attacked by fighters that are able to fly from one pole to the other with
incredible speed." Admiral Byrd was then ordered to undergo a secret cross
examination and the US withdrew from the Antartic for almost a decade.
Originally posted by Elfworkz
New to this thanks for the assistance....
According to Bernhart's description of the recovery:
Our lights penetrate the steel tunnel, which extends for approximately ten meters. When we arrive at the end of the tunnel, we find ourselves in a huge cavernous area. It seems warm. As we search the cavern with our lights, we notice frozen pillars of ice in strange and grotesque shapes. We penetrate into the cavern the distance of about 300 meters. It is at this point that we came to a smaller cavern, which turned towards the right and ended in a room approximately 80 meters in width and ten meters in height. It is here that the Reich treasures are hidden!!!
At this point stands a small obelisk about a meter in height, which marks the spot. There is an inscription which reads as follows: "There are truly more things in heaven and 'in' earth than man has dreamt (Beyond this point is AGHARTA) Haushofer, 1943."
Our lights immediately fall upon the treasure, which consists of eight large bronze chests. This makes two for each man and will require two trips. Can we do it? This remains to be seen. Each one of us grasps a bronze box in his hands.
Hartman was soon disappointed to realize that the weight of the boxes, in total, is too heavy for his team to carry back to their waiting helicopter. Four of the boxes had to be left behind. Hartmann continues:
The trek back is energy consuming and difficult. We stop to rest several times along the return route. The chests are growing heavier and heavier as we go along. We have to stop and rest more frequently. Finally we reach the [helicopter] just as complete exhaustion is setting in. After one more brief rest, we begin our task of loading the bronze chests aboard. Lothar and Heinz remove the extra fuel supply cell after pumping its contents into the main benzene tank... Bits and pieces of unnecessary gear are discarded. The loss of weight will compensate for the extra cargo. Eight chests would have been an impossible load.
Shortly before we are ready to leave, the chest containing the Holy Lance is opened. We all watch with profound fascination as Klauss knocks the bronze pin from the clasp. Inside the chest is a faded leather case along with a variety of other items. We carefully open the case. It is there! the Holy Lance! the lance that pierced the side of Our Lord Jesus Christ! The oil torch we have lit … makes it seem like a ceremony. I hold the Holy Lance aloft in my hand. Without thinking, the words seem to flow from my mouth, "the Holy Lance points ever towards our eternal Deutschland."
In between December 1938 and April 1939, this area of Antarctica is known to have been extensively photomapped , the first of its kind really. A Captain Alfred Ritscher led the group and from the air thousands of metal balls with poles and swastika flags would be dropped to give the German claim to this portion of Antarctcia some physical sign. An area of 250,000 square kilometers was obliquely photomapped between 11 W and 20 E. If there was any kind of secret construction done in this area at anytime before 1944, there has never been any kind of official proclamation or record to that fact discovered after the war. The possibility is more than plausible considering how the elite of the Third Reich loved to dabble into so many areas of esoterica, weapons and science. However, without records the only real proof would be to go there.
After the war between 1946-47, Admiral Richard Byrd was in charge of Operation Highjump, he did go there to Antarctica that is. This was supposedly an extensive circumnavigation and exploration of the Antarctic with a sizeable military contingent. Highjump was classified then and still is today. The military force sent there consisted of carrier based planes and quite a compliment of ships. The November 1947 National Geographic issue depicting the exploration of Antarctica depicts the many incursions research and flight teams made into the icy continent.
While this doesn't prove everything, the area of the Muhlig Hoffman Mountain range and the secret Nazi bases is noticeable absent from any such exploration. Was there a secret mission? Did the loss of aircraft in the area actually occur as the result of an engagement with ice-bound Nazi's? Such speculation would never get mainstream attention as the world just wanted to forget this period and if there were surviving Nazi's they were probably more engaged in doing just that, surviving.
In 1958, three nuclear weapons were detonated in an area about 2,280 to 3,500 km to the north of Queen Maud Land between 160-750 KM above the water. The code name on this was Operation Argus. Although the detonation was well to the north, wind direction, fallout etc, could effect a wider area. But why the name Argus?
Argus is part of Greek mythology for the many-eyed creature that was guarding Io against Zeus. Argus would be found and slain and later gave rise to being part of the legend surrounding the many eye like parts of the feathers of the peacock. Could this have been an attempt to knock out a group of people watching something?