Pat Shingleton: A Nazi Weather Station..."
In 1942 Nazi scientists built a weather station on the remote Arctic Island of Alexandra Land. The tactical base was known as "Treasure Island" and was long thought to be a myth until Russian researchers at the Russian Arctic National Park made the discovery last August. The station was believed to have been primarily used to monitor weather along the Northern Sea Route. Monitoring weather in this location was essential for officers making decisions on troop movements, submarines and ships. R.T.com reports that Treasure Island was operational from September 1943 until July 1944 and transmitted more than 700 weather reports. The researchers discovered more than 500 relics at the base including World War II-era meteorological equipment. Many of the metallic instrumentation objects were compromised due to the cold, humid conditions however documents were well preserved by the Arctic climate. The base was abandoned when the team of Nazi scientists, at the station, became ill after consuming contaminated polar bear meat.