An advanced German submarine dating back to the last days of World War II rumoured to be transporting Adolf Hitler to South America has been discovered.
Found off the coast of Denmark by researchers at the Sea War Museum Jutland, the Type XXI U-3523 submarine was an advanced German submarine which was believed to be transporting Hitler out of Europe towards South America.
However, before it could reach its destination a British aircraft – thought to be a B24 Liberator – sunk it. After the war ended salvagers were unable to locate the wreckage with some believing it had escaped and reached its intended destination.
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However, officials at Denmark’s Sea War Museum believe they have located Hitler’s Type XXI submarine just 10 nautical miles off the coast of its northernmost town, Skagen. The location is further supported by British intelligence, which says the B24 attacked it nine miles away from where it was found, Metro reports.
The German U-boat is said to have been attacked on May 6, 1945, the day allied forces liberated Denmark from Nazi occupation. It was believed all 58 crew members of the U-3523 died.
Rumours at the time speculated the U-boat submarine was transporting Nazi gold as well as the top brass of Hitler’s cabinet, including the man himself. However, those who the discovered wreckage claim there was no evidence of loot, Nazi paraphernalia or leaders on board.
The museum’s director, Gert Normann Andersen, said:
Rumour has it that the submarine had great valuables from Germany because it was heading away from Germany even though the war ended.
I think the rumour developed because U-3523 was a very modern, long-distance U-boat and some Nazis tried to escape with valuables in the last days.
But the submarine was going to Norway, and not to South America with Nazis and valuables.
Andersen says Hitler ordered 118 Type XXIs to be produced but only two actually entered the theatre of war, albeit very late. There is a preserved example which is on display at the German Maritime Museum at Bremerhaven, which, during WWII, was one the submarine bases for the Nazis.
He believes the submarine they found was on a covert mission when it was attacked by the B24.
Andersen ponders as to:
Why they were fleeing, and where they were going, no one knows. So it’s exciting in a way.
Despite the momentous find, he says there are currently no plans to salvage the sunken U-boat, which currently sits 123 metres, buried in a seabed.
According to ‘declassified CIA documents’ Hitler escaped (or at least made an attempt) to South America in the last days of the war.
Since his body was never discovered an air of speculation has been maintained as to whether he made it out or not.
According to MailOnline, one CIA file dating back to October 3, 1955 claims:
… the Germans residing in Tunja followed this alleged Adolf Hitler with an idolatry of the Nazi past, addressing him as ‘der Fuhrer’ and affording him the Nazi salute and storm-trooper adulation.
The widely accepted view is the fascist leader killed himself in the lead up to Germany’s surrender and those loyal to him burnt his body along with his longtime partner (and wife for about 40 minutes) Eva Braun.
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