Nazi gold breakthrough as treasure hunter finds location in new evidence: ‘Cracked code’ | Science | News

During World War II, Nazi Germany built over 1,000 submarines, many of which threatened merchant ships and supply ships in the Atlantic Ocean. Although the torpedo-equipped submarines initially gave the Nazis a major boost in cutting off Britain’s transatlantic trade routes, the submarines were eventually forced out of the ocean. It has long been reported that towards the end of the war, a group of modified submarines was commanded by Adolf Hitler.

As pressure mounted on the Nazi leader and he was forced to retreat, a secret fleet of submarines was reportedly used for smuggling operations.

Long-range submarine ships are said to have transported gold, art and even Nazi officers from Germany to South America as Hitler’s Third Reich imploded.

Decades after the war, a treasure hunter has made a breakthrough in the search for submarines, according to a recent documentary.

The incredible discovery came after diver and explorer Mike Fletcher (below) received a huge amount of documents from the family of the late treasure hunter Roger Miklos, who died in 2018.

Mr Miklos, an eccentric and accomplished American treasure hunter, claimed in 1981 that he had found a sunken Nazi submarine off the Turks and Caicos Islands near the Bahamas.

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Mr. Fletcher’s efforts to find the submarine are followed in “History’s Greatest Mysteries”, the documentary presented by Laurence Fishburne.

Speaking in an episode published in September 2021, the Explorer told his team he had ‘cracked the code’ after studying the cryptic trail of evidence left behind by Mr Miklos, who was notoriously secretive about his work.

He said: “We are the only ones seeing this.

“Roger Miklos was so paranoid that someone was going to find his sub that he never noted the location.

“I watched Roger talk on camera for hours, read all his documents, look at his cards.

Archive footage of the explorer talking about his alleged discovery appears in the documentary.

He said: “I swam 45ft, saw the two rear propeller blades, very polished going up and down in the sand.

“There’s these huge zeppelin fins on this fucking thing and I’m like, ‘what?’

“And I realize this thing is going back and forth, it’s under an island.”

Mr. Fletcher admitted that at first he did not understand the wealth of clues left by Mr. Miklos.

He said: “There is a simple pad of paper that lists some of the shipwrecks Roger has found in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

“At a glance, that meant nothing to me.”

However, Mr Fletcher explained that he later spotted a code used by the explorer in a yellow sheet of his notes, as it matched the language he used in old interviews.

He said: “By putting the yellow sheet and Roger’s words together the code is cracked. We now have a location.

“History’s Greatest Mysteries” is available on History Channel US.