Did The Nazis Build A Secret Antarctic Base?

In January 1939 Nazi Germans on a secret expedition arrived in Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica Although Norway had made claims to Dronning Maud Land, the Germans disregarded this and on arrival, they punctured the ice with German flags and draped swastikas from their aircraft, marking a new addition to the German Empire

  Authorised by Herman Goering, the expedition had been sent there with the aim to locate a possible whaling base, as with growing international tensions, Germany needed to be self-sufficient But with the imminent war approaching, the expedition had a second, even more secret objective, to establish a location for a German base They christened their new territory in Antarctica, NeuSchwabenland, which translates to New Swabia after the German city  In March 1939, encouraged by the expedition’s finds, Germany made an official announcement that they had discovered and mapped large new areas of Antarctica from their aircraft, all previous explorations in Antarctica had been carried out by the Norwegians and confined to the coast A series of future expeditions were planned to take place soon after but by September 1939 Nazi Germany was at war

Historians such as Colin Summerhayes and Peter Beeching, in their thesis ‘Hitler’s Antarctic base: the myth and the reality’ state that the declaration of war meant the end of the Nazi’s ambitions to build a secret base in Antartica But could it be possible that in the depths of the arctic ice, that the Nazis had succeeded in building their base? Was NuSchwabenland the last true Nazi stronghold? On the 10th July, just two months after Germany had surrendered the war, the first of two Nazi U-boats docked in an Argentine Naval Base The emergence of these two U-Boats set off speculation about the objective of these last war submarines and what they were doing in the southern hemisphere Were these U-Boats completing the final mission in the relocation of the Nazi regime?  After his secret mission, Lieutenant Otto Wermuth, the Captain of U-530 had chosen to dock in Argentina as they assumed they would be well received In fact an estimated 9,000 Nazis subsequently relocated to Argentina in the years after the war

But was there also another benefit to the Nazi’s re-emerging post war in Argentina? Geographically it would be the perfect location to bridge the modern world with a base in Antarctica As the second U-Boat docked in Argentina a month later, suspicion increased and journalist Ladislas Szabo published a detailed account in the Argentine newspaper La Critica, reporting that Hitler hadn’t committed suicide but had fled Germany in a submarine and was hiding in Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica The story was picked up and major newspapers worldwide ran the headline ‘Hitler’s on Ice in Antarctic’ Two years later Szabo solidified his theory in his book ‘Hitler is alive’ The Nazi base was reportedly the size of a small city

Szabo reports that the base served as a refuge, sheltering hundreds of people who, if Germany lost the war, could continue to make powerful new weapons for an eventual resurgence Buechner and Bernhart, conspiracists who investigated the story reported that ‘by the middle of the 1940s submarines were bringing in vast stores of food, clothing, fuel and every other conceivable item necessary for setting up Hitler’s refuge During the next four years shelters were built and a mountain was scooped out’ It was reportedly powered by a vast network of underground caves warm-water rivers, geothermal lakes and volcanic activity Whilst there are active volcanoes and hydrothermal vents of hot water in the Arctic, Summerhayes and Beeching make the point that the volcanoes and geothermal activity in the Arctic are more than 1200 km north of Dronning Maud Land

Conspiracist, Goodrick-Clarke suggests that the Nazi’s ambitions in Antarctica, did not stop with simply building a refuge but in fact they aimed to form a super-advanced civilisation They speculated that powerful secret weapons, such as the foo fighters that had been spotted during the war, were under construction and had reportedly been shipped to safety in Antarctica after the German’s surrender It has been reported that their technology was so innovative many conspiracy theorists suggest that the Nazi’s may have even found alien technology in the caves or met actual aliens that enabled them to build stealth aircrafts, liquid-propellant rockets and antigravity-disks Whilst there is no known photographic evidence for the Antarctica base, writers such as Szabo has relayed unconfirmed witness statements, including that of Admiral Donitz a German naval commander, who served as president of Germany for a month in 1945 Reportedly he told the Nuremberg trial that the Nazi’s had succeeded in building an “invulnerable fortress, a paradise-like oasis in the middle of eternal ice

Further sightings of the Nazi base were also allegedly reported by allied forces During the war Britain occupied territory between Antarctica and South America, which they named the Falkland Island Dependencies J Robert in his book ‘Britain’s secret war in Antarctica’ reports that the British launched Operation Tabarin in 1943 in order to monitor Nazi activity According to historians Summerhayes and Beeching however, British wartime interests did not extend to Dronning Maud Land

But, Robert states that the location of Britain’s base in Antartica was so secret that it was never given a name or even a grid reference on official maps’  From their location it is reported that the British were able to spy on the base and eventually planned an attack on the last Nazi stronghold in 1945 during the closing months of World War 2 Robert quotes an anonymous last survivor of the British SAS raid who apparently witnessed inside of the Nazi base, he stated ‘the Nazis had constructed a huge base into the caverns and had even built docks for U-boats and there were hangars for strange planes’ He continued that ‘we were overwhelmed by the numbers of personnel scurrying about like ants… huge constructions were being built’ The siege reportedly continued for months but the British had widely underestimated the Nazi’s man power in Antartica, whilst the Nazis were not yet strong enough to win a war, they managed to protect their base and frightened the British with their advanced weaponry

Operation Tabarin was called off by December 1945 and those involved had to be rescued by the British Special Air Service    In December 1946 American ships reached Antarctica as part of a classified mission named Operation Highjump – involving 4,700 men, with 33 aircraft on 13 ships it was the largest ever expedition to Antarctica Declassified documents reveal that Operation Highjump's official goals included 'consolidating and extending United States sovereignty over the largest practicable area of the Antarctic continent' but conspiracy theorists Mattern and Friedrich claim there was an ulterior motive for the expedition According to them, Highjump's leader, Admiral Byrd, admitted the objective was 'to break the last desperate resistance of Adolf Hitler'  Buechner and Bernhart claim that ‘the American group anchored near the German-claimed territory of Neuschwabenland and then divided into three separate task forces

’ It is reported that the German base was located quickly by Byrd’s crew but the, operation was cancelled after they were attacked by German flying saucers Mattern and Friedrich report that in the aftermath of what he had witnessed Admiral Byrd reflected that ‘in case of a new war the continental United States would be attacked by flying objects which could fly from pole to pole at incredible speeds’ Summerhayes and Beeching however have stated that the Americans did not find a German base and their quick American withdrawal was in fact due to the early onset of winter It is speculated that it wasn’t until more than 10 years later in 1958 that the Americans had finally developed weapons to match that of the Nazi’s, the W-25 warhead In the southern hemisphere, America launched the secret Operation Angus and dropped three nuclear weapons

Neo-Nazis such as Wilhelm Landig believes these attacks targeted Dronning Maud Land and finally annihilated the last remnants of the third reich However declassified documents have now revealed that these nuclear attacks didn’t occur in Dronning Maud Land, where Norwegian, Belgian, British and Japanese scientists had since been living The nuclear explosions in fact took place 1760 km southwest of South Africa and aimed to investigate the effects of nuclear explosions outside the atmosphere Summerhayes and Beeching have worked to debunk the myth surrounding Hitler’s rumoured Antarctic base, whilst there are elements of historic truth to the legend, they argue that it is wrong to weave individual events in Antartica into a cohesive narrative without evidence Nevertheless the conspiracy has thrived

In the 1970s a reemergence of neo-Nazi writers such as H Stevens, claim that the Nazi’s had survived the nuclear attacks, protected by their vast network of caves, deep beneath the mountains Stevens predicts that a massive Nazi military force of highly advanced UFOs, known as the ‘Last Battalion’ are still active in Antarctica and when the time is right, this base will be the launch site of a New World Order

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