Polish Army Begins Digging For Nazi "Gold" Train
In late August and early September, Polish media was abuzz with stories that the long-lost, and legendary, Nazi gold train had been finally uncovered by two men, a Pole and a German, in the deep underground tunnels between the Polish towns of of Wroclaw and Walbrzych.
We covered the saga of the missing 150 meter-long train, which allegedly is full of gold, gems and weapons extensively in the follwoing posts:
- Is This Where The Long Lost Nazi "Gold Train" Is Located
- Polish Government Confirms Discovery Of Nazi "Gold Train", Warns It May Be Booby-Trapped
- Radar Image Said To Reveals Nazi "Gold Train" Final Resting Place
Then, some time around the first week of September, virtually all stories involving the "Nazi" train disappeared, and there was hardly any mention of the train. As a reminder, Deputy Culture Minister Piotr Zuchowski said last month he was "more than 99 percent sure" the train exists because of ground-penetrating radar images he had seen.
But officials since cast doubt on its existence, saying there was no credible evidence of it. They have not however given up on verifying the claim.
In fact, the story of the mysterious Nazi train was all but forgotten until earlier today, when AFP reported that while the Polish propaganda machine has been busy to neutralize any speculation that such a train may indeed exist (or have been discovered) even though it explicitly admitted as much just a month ago, Poland's army confirmed that it has begun inspecting the southwestern area where two men claim to have discovered an armoured Nazi gold train buried at the end of World War II.
It strikes us as strange to send in the army to begin industrial - and guarded - excavation if, as officials have claimed, "there is nothing there."
But don't worry: the army isn't there to recover the alleged $1 billion in gold. "Our goal is to check whether there's any hazardous material at the site," said Colonel Artur Talik, who is leading the search using mine detectors and ground-penetrating radar.
The governor of the region of Lower Silesia, Tomasz Smolarz, added that "other decisions" regarding the search for the train would be made "once safety is assured at the site". Any by "safety" they mean seclusion from the outside world, giving Poland's government the freedom to do as it sees fit with what may be the biggest Treasure in history.
Rumours of two Nazi trains that disappeared in the spring of 1945 have been circulating for years, capturing the imagination of countless treasure-hunters.
And now that the Polish army is officially "on location" and is guaranteed to have the first and only claim on any undocumented discovery, one can be certain that absolutely no "discovery" will be revealed to the outside world, especially if the Polish army does in fact make a discovery that would send Indian Jones blushing with envy.