Check out these 10 amazing stories about WWII artifacts, which are still being uncovered 70 years later.
Postcard from a Soldier's Parents Finally Arrives at Their Former HomeA postcard that was mailed nearly 70 years ago from an army medical hospital in Rockford, Illinois has finally arrived at the former upstate New York home of the couple who sent it.
While stationed at Camp Grant in Rockford, soldier George Leisenring was visited by his parents, who promptly sent a postcard to his sisters Pauline and Theresa Leisenring at the family home in Elmira, NY. The postcard read, "Dear Pauline and Theresa, We arrived safe, had a good trip, but we were good and tired."
Nazi Art Haul Worth Billions Found in a German ApartmentA treasure trove of stolen Nazi art worth billions and believed to be lost forever was discovered behind tins of rotted food in an apartment in Munich.
Some 1500 works by master painters such as Picasso, Renoir, Matisse, and Chagall were said to have been lost in the bombing of Dresden in 1945. The paintings had been taken from their owners by the Nazis, who saw the works as "degenerate."
Red flags were raised about the existence of the artwork when Cornelius Gurlitt was returning by train from Switzerland. Gurlitt never held a job, and had no real source of income. His father, Hildebrandt Gurlitt, was the art dealer in charge of collecting the art for the Nazis. When the elder Gurlitt died, he passed the paintings on to his son. Cornelius then sold them one at a time to give him money to live on.
WWII Carrier Pigeon's Message Found in a Chimney During RenovationWhile restoring a fireplace in his home in Surrey, England, David Martin discovered a coded message attached to the skeleton of a carrier pigeon.
It is believed that the bird was making its way from behind enemy lines toward Bletchley Park in Surrey, which was Britain's main decryption center during WWII. The bird never made it, however. Exhausted, disoriented, or lost, it landed in Martin's chimney, instead, where it stayed undisturbed for 70 years until the renovation began. (Source)
Barrels of Lard Wash Up on Scottish Shores After a StormBarrels of WWII-era lard from a shipwreck washed up on a Scottish beach after storms lashed St. Cyrus Natural Reserve, which is 100 miles north of Edinburgh. The wooden barrels that housed the lard disintegrated long ago, but the chunks retained their barrel shape and were still bright white under the many barnacles.
The lard washed up for the first time after a merchant ship was bombed during WWII, and has continued to wash up every few decades after bad storms. Also uncovered were railway and concrete bunkers and corrugated iron sheets, which were used for creating coastal sea defenses during the war. (Source)
Lost WWII Battlefield Found UndisturbedA WWII battlefield complete with the remains of Japanese soldiers was found in the jungles of Papua New Guinea in 2010.
Former army captain Brian Freeman found the battlefield about a half mile from the village of Eora Creek, which was believed to be the location of the last major battle in the region between Australia and Japan.
The site was known to local villagers, who hunted on the plateau surrounding the site but avoided the battleground itself due to their belief that spirits of the dead were still present.