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A WWII German Submarine Believed to Have Been Piloted by Axis Exiles Just Washed Ashore in Argentina, 70 Years Later

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Photo via World News Daily Report.

A mini German U-boat has been hidden beneath the seas off Argentina for roughly 70 years, but is reported to be in remarkable shape after a group of Norwegian tourists discovered the remains of the vessel during a two-week-long bike trek through the country.

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The ‘Beach Buoy’ These Children Were Photographed Playing Around? An Undetonated WWII Mine.

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“My son was touching it and was knocking on it a little bit,” said mother Kelly Gravell. Photo: ABC News/Wales News Service (presumably snapped by Kelly Gravell).

On August 12th, Burry Port, Wales, UK resident Kelly Gravell took her 4 and 6 year old children down the the beach with their boogie boards. Walking across the sand, they noticed a “large object” covered in barnacles, and decided to investigate further.

“We get things washed up all the time,” Gravell told ABC News, “so we thought it was a buoy. We never thought for one second it was a bomb.”

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150 Abandoned WWII Aircraft Discovered off the Marshall Islands in the Pacific by Wisconsin Diver

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“They should have flown more, lived longer,” said Brandi, “but they were sunk in perfect condition”–most of them, at least.

Over 70 years have gone by since these aircraft were lost to the western Pacific, and, lo and behold, a Wisconsin woman just happened to come across the graveyard of what is estimated to be over 150 planes that were lost after being decommissioned and dumped in 130 feet of water at the end of World War II.

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A cockpit, stripped by the sea.

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This Is the First Archeological Survey of the USS Independence, Pride of WWII Aircraft Carriers

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“After 64 years on the seafloor, Independence sits on the bottom as if ready to launch its planes,” said James Delgado, chief scientist of the Independence mission. The ship lies almost perfectly upright, only slightly listing to starboard. Image: NOAA

An ongoing mandate to locate and assess the condition of some 300 shipwrecks within California’s Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, NOAA, the U.S. Navy, and some unspecified private business partners have surveyed the USS Independence, the United States’ lead light aircraft ship during World War II. The Independence was stationed on the central and western Pacific stage during the war, and was one of over 90 vessels present during “Operation Crossroads,” the famous series of atmospheric nuclear weapons tests which took place off Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands during the summer of 1946.

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The Mystery of the Chinese Flag Discovered on a WWII Japanese Shipwreck off Palau

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This Chinese flag was discovered fastened to a 1944 WWII Japanese shipwreck, and no one knows who did it. Screenshot from Kyodo News’ YouTube video (below)

Japanese divers returning to the site of the Japanese warship Iro were very distressed when they came upon the newly fixed ensign aboard what is not only an archeological site, but a graveyard for many of their countrymen.

The meter-long flag had been attached to the remnants of the ship’s stern with zip ties, and it was reported that whoever (or whichever organization) placed it there had gone to some trouble in order to do so.

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A Fishing Trawler Just Pulled Up a 1,000-Pound Undetonated Bomb from WWII

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Photo: Dave Richardson/SWNS/Daily Mail

This three-foot-long, 1,000-pound undetonated bomb, believed to have been jettisoned by Great Britain’s Royal Air Force during World War II was recently pulled up by a fishing trawler off the northeast coast of the U.K. The crew of the trawler was shocked, but according to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), there are thousands of them littering the seafloor left over from both World Wars I and II.

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Wish You Were Here: Lake Ladoga, Russia

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“Surfing Contest Lake Ladoga.” Yes, they hold contests here (video below). Photo: Ekaterina Abasheeva

Sochi and Kamchatka are quickly becoming popular travel considerations for surfing adventures through Russia, but if you happen to be driving through eastern Europe and in need of a surf, you may consider a pit stop along Lake Ladoga.

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