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Historic Treasure Dug Up In Russia: Historians Find Nazi Soldier's Trunk

A Nazi soldier fighting on the Eastern Front during World War II apparently buried his trunk of gear for safety, and never returned for it. Historians uncovered the trunk, which is a rare WWII time capsule. They have not yet been able to identify the soldier and are looking for family to return his belongings to him.

Russian historians unearth the box in Nevsky Pyatachok. Working with local experts, they are investigating the decades-old foot locker, and have been attempting to track down the previous owner's family members.

The trunk contains the possessions of a German soldier who was believed to be serving on the Eastern front. It contained a wallet, shoes, a uniform, money, scraps of paper and newspaper clippings, full box of cigars and bottles of alcohol. Some other items recovered include dust masks, a clothes brush, twine, some fabric and leather patches for clothing repairs, and granules that look like they could have been moth balls that deteriorated.

The condition of the items in the trunk have not been confirmed, however they don't look like they have deteriorated much at all in photos of the trunk's contents that have been released to the media.

The jacket found by Lukichev Dmitry was adorned with the usual military embellishments of the uniform worn by officers of that rank. There was also a badge with the words H. St. V Insterburg 14 written on it along with a spare sew-able eagle and swastika emblem of the armed forces of Nazi Germany," reports unbelievable-facts.com. "According to the ranks embellished on the shoulder strap of the jacket the package might have belonged to an officer of Financial Service of the Third Reich with a rank higher than field officer,"

Several history websites have reported the exciting find, however many history buffs fear that the trunk is little more than a hoax. Considering the damp climate, the items appear to be in too good of a condition given that they were buried underground for some 80 years. The soldier’s uniform was pristine, as if it had just been laundered. Even the newspaper clippings were on crisp, white paper that did not look aged or weathered at all.

It’s also a mystery as to why a soldier would travel with such a heavy truck full of goods, and why he would have buried them so far off the beaten trail. It is unclear what might have happened to the soldier. Army, navy and air forces pushed into Russia.

Because delivery of packages to German soldiers wasn't easy at the time, it's possible that the trunk was sent to the officer, but that by the time he got them he didn’t need them anymore. He might have buried the contents simply to dispose of them.

Nazi Germany broke its non-aggression pact with Russia in June of 1941, and began invading its Eastern front. It became one of the bloodiest battles in World War II, which lasted until 1945.

War relics from the Eastern front have become a big business, as many items were either lost or buried on the battlefield. Most of the time, however, the items found are badly decayed, with the contents severely deteriorated. If this trunk proves to be authentic, it could be one of the most exciting finds in the area made in years.

Source: Daily Mail
Photos: Daily Mail

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