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IN History & Culture ON 24 May, 2015
The World Wars were some of the most horrific moments of world history, with several thousands of deaths and immeasurable destruction. However, every war has its mysteries, and same is the case with the world wars, especially World War II. Even after all these years since the world war, these mysteries have not been solved, and probably will never be either! These intriguing questions relating to the dynamics of the second world war are worth knowing, and you'll surely enjoy this compilation.
The 'Die Blutfahne', or 'The Blood Flag' is a flag that was handed over to Hitler by the German authorities after he was released from prison for trying to overthrow the German government. The flag was special to Hitler and his fellow Nazi comrades as it was stained with the blood of the 'first martyrs of the Nazis', those comrades who had been shot dead during their attempt to overthrow the German government. The Blutfahne thus was given the position of a sacred flag in Nazi Germany, and SS officials were made to take oaths on it. However, post the world war, the Blutfahne is nowhere to be seen, and no one knows what has happened to it.
Of all the revolutionaries of India, Subhash Chandra Bose, the chief of the Indian National Army, is considered to be one of the most dangerous. The British saw him as a dangerous traitor who had been meeting up with German and Japanese leaders, and was in close and comfortable relations with the Russians. Bose's life story is worthy that of a movie, with adventures such as escaping British surveillance, fleeing to Italy, covert meetings, etc. There are many aspects of Bose's life that are a mystery, but the biggest of all mysteries is how he died. It is said that he was killed in a plane crash, but people have their doubts. And it doesn't seem likely that the answer to this question of his real manner of death will be soon answered.
During one of the routine maintenance rounds in the most infamous Nazi concentration camp of all, the Auschwitz, in 2009, a list of seventeen British soldiers was found, with tick marks against nine of them, and with scribbling in German that mean "since then," "never," and "now." It is not known what this signifies, and this too is one of the unresolved mysteries of the war, with some guessing the names to be those of prisoners of war.
Wallenberg was a Swedish businessman who worked during the war to not only establish hospitals, soup kitchens, and safe houses throughout Budapest but also provided false papers to Jews threatened with concentration camps. When Budapest was liberated in 1945, more than 100,000 Jews remained safely in the city because of papers provided by Wallenberg and his associates. He was arrested by the Soviets in 1945. What happened to him after that is a mystery.
Jean Moulin was one of the Resistance leaders in France, and their revolution was well on the way to success, had it not been thrown off track by a traitor who released the information about a rendezvous to the local authorities. At the time of Moulin's arrest, his finger of accusation rose towards Hardy, the only one man who was not arrested. However, no proof has ever been found of the same, and the mystery of who the real traitor was began to gather further more heat when one of the arrested comrades blamed another man as being the traitor, a man who had successfully escaped prison several years before.
Foo fighters was the name used by Allied aircraft pilots during the second world war to describe unidentified flying objects. Military personnel believed Foo fighters to be secret Nazi weapons that were used for spying or dropping nuclear bombs. However, many scientific studies regarding the Foo fighters have been rendered inconclusive and there have are no proofs about the existence of Foo fighters that were used by the Nazi militia.
"The Führer Globe" was Hitler's most prized possession. It was a large globe which was made famous by Charlie Chaplin's hilarious "The Great Dictator". It is known that Hitler had ordered for a pair of the large globes and loved it beyond measure. However, even after several attempts, its whereabouts have not been confirmed ever since the end of the war.
Several stories of disappearances of planes and ships in the Bermuda Triangle are known, but of the most famous disappearances is that of Flight 19. It was during a flying exercise just a few months after the end of the war, that these planes plunged into disappearance, taking with them a total of 14 airmen. Their whereabouts have never been found since then.
Numerous tales of supposed "ghost planes" spotted during World War II exist, but perhaps the most freaky and spine-tingling is the P-40 fighter that allegedly returned to US soil a full year after the Pearl Harbor attack. It was on December 8. 1942 that a US radar picked up an unidentified flying object heading for the US straight from Japan. In response, two fighter planes were sent up, who reported the UFO to be a P-40, that was last used in the defence of the Pearl Harbor. The plane had several bullet holes and the pilot was covered in fresh blood. The plane's landing gear had been disabled, and after it crash landed, its wreckage was fumbled through, but no pilot was found.
Malbork is a town in northern Poland. During World War II this area of the world was part of Germany West Prussia. In recent years, several 'mass graves' have been unearthed in this area, i.e, large stretches of lands have been found to contain several human corpses buried under the soil. It is highly disturbing as it appears to be a massacre, wherein the people were stripped naked and burnt alive. Many also have bullet holes in the heads. 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.
In 1944, when the allied forces were closing in on the corps of one of the most popular German Field Marshal, Erwin Rommel, 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. However, even after decades of searches and expeditions, the treasure has not been located.
The Velher Affair is a murky World War II case involving the betrayal of communist resistance fighters and collaboration with the Nazi occupiers. It so had happened that many communist resistance activists and advisers 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.
Shortly after the Pearl Harbor case and USA's leap into the deadly second world war, unidentified flying objects were reported to be seen hovering over the city of Los Angeles. Shortly before, a Japanese submarine had surfaced and attacked an oil rig near Santa Barbara. This caused speculation that the UFOs were Japanese. The city was plunged into darkness, and an air raid was set off. Three people were killed in a friendly fire as the one sided battle in Los Angeles began. One sided, why? Because it is today thought that all this speculation of UFOs was all imagination, in the broken psychological state of war.
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 held some of the world's most valued treasures. In 1941, the Nazis stormed in and stole the artifacts, but after they surrendered, these treasures were nowhere to be found.
One of the most mysterious 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 Rudolf Hess would intentionally fly to Scotland to be arrested? This is one of the most diplomatic mysteries of the second world war that will never be solved, due to a lack of documents to carry out an investigation on.