They unearthed an arsenal from World War II and got an unusual surprise

They unearthed an arsenal from World War II and got an unusual surprise
They unearthed an arsenal from World War II and got an unusual surprise

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The ghost of the Second World War It is still present in some European towns, particularly where terrifying battles were experienced in which nothing was left after the tanks passed. An example of this is the recent discovery of an arsenal that was hidden more than 80 years ago off the coast of the Baltic Sea in Poland. Following an operation to trace and remove mines, They discovered 4,700 explosives and other objects that curiously date back to the 18th century.

The discovery occurred on the Westerplatte peninsula, which became one of the most important scenes during the battle between the Poles and Germans. in the lightning invasion –Blitzkrieg which Adolf Hitler organized in September 1939. This type of battle was intended to surprise the enemy and disorganize it with a deployment of offensive weapons on a narrow front.

Part of the explosives found by the Polish army and archaeologists from the Museum II Wojny Światowej(Source: Muzeum II Wojny Światowej)

For many Poles, the place where the shells were discovered is a national emblem, because during seven days they resisted the thirteen Nazi attacks and prevented a reinforcement of 3,000 men from lining up to defeat the cities of Hel and Gdynia.

In 2016, a program was started to rake the land due to the warning of German mines off the coast. In total, 13 hectares have been delimited and traced to date. As detailed by the World War II Museum in Gdansk in its article, throughout this work they discovered different devices not yet detonated, such as three aerial bombs – one of them weighing 500 kilos – that rested just 30 centimeters underground.

The discovery occurred on the Westerplatte peninsula, the site where one of the fiercest defensive battles by the Poles against the Nazi army took place in 1939.(Source: Muzeum II Wojny Światowej)

“Among other neutralized objects were almost 200 artillery howitzers (20 mm to 210 mm caliber), mortar and hand grenades, lighters and ammunition items,” they added. In this way, it managed to create a safe space for tourists, residents of the peninsula and for all museum employees.

One of the aerial bombs found weighed 500 kilos and had not been detonated(Source: Muzeum II Wojny Światowej)

As a curious fact, also 3,800 objects from the 18th century to the post-war period were unearthed. This surprised the local citizens, since some belongings were part of the daily life of the place, such as “cannon balls and musket shells, testimony of clashes from the time of the Polish succession [1733-1738] and from the Napoleonic period [1799-1815]; in addition to coins, plates, decorative tiles created and used during the operation of the complex.” They also found military clothing such as soldier uniforms and remains of railway infrastructure.

Some bombs were found just 30 centimeters from the surface(Source: Muzeum II Wojny Światowej)

Inside the last stage of raking 49 potentially dangerous projectiles and 180 historical weapons were sent to neutralize. This was done by the soldiers of the 43rd Naval Sapper Battalion together with a volunteer effort from private companies. The last stretch of land was surveyed in March this year and covered the remaining plots, 20, 24, 26 and 27, with a total area of ​​2.5 hectares. There the elements that posed the greatest threat were extracted and then the rest were removed.

Part of the neutralized arsenal(Source: Muzeum II Wojny Światowej)

Meanwhile, in the images that were published on the museum’s official website and on social networks, you can see some rusty elements that appear to be harmless, but their imminent explosion was latent. All this artillery will be valued and exposed to the public to enrich the memory of such a pitiful past for the Polish people.

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