Reality TV tends to ask a lot of us when it comes to belief since it’s already done the damage when it comes to reliability, but when it takes on supposed legends of lost treasure as it does with Lost Gold of World War II a lot of people kind of perk up and pay attention. Something about tales of treasure just gets people interested since it involves a great deal of intrigue as well as possibility that there is something out there that still counts as a genuine mystery and hasn’t been solved yet. You can calm down just a bit though since quite honestly if something of this magnitude was still undiscovered the likelihood of it being found isn’t all that bad, but it’s something that would be pushed throughout social media in a matter of moments once it was discovered to be real.
But for those of us that have been treasure seekers since we were little or at least lovers of such tales this show is something that you might find interesting since it has to do with a hoard of gold that was supposedly squirreled away by one General Yamashita and many of his troops as well as allied POW’s and was never found until now supposedly. The troops managed to create a series of tunnels and booby traps that would keep anyone from finding the gold, but in a twist Yamashita blew up the tunnels, trapping the troops inside so that they could never tell the secret of the hidden hoard. Mark Hodge of The Sun has a good deal of information on this if you visit the site.
This might sound a bit like the Goonies to a lot of you but it’s kind of obvious that if this story got out then so did someone that knew something, or perhaps Yamashita gave a deathbed confession to absolve himself somehow. The point is that the story got out, and while many people have been skeptical over the years there are still those that believed that it was something worth looking for since somewhere in the Philippines lay a supposed trove of treasure that today would be worth a king’s ransom if not more.
Treasure seekers have been called some of the most reckless examples of humanity around largely because a lot of them will gladly take risks that many sane and rational individuals would never think of to go after riches that may or may not be there. But one thing about these individuals that is beneficial is that their avarice and the need to believe makes for good television. Whether the tales are true or they were made up to give some credence to the legend of what Yamashita really did during the war is hard to say but the fact is that there are a great many secrets in this world that seem to die off with the people that created them and there’s enough reason to believe at least half of them since quite honestly since some of the stories that are told are simply too outlandish to be made up.
WWII was a time when a great number of these stories came out and not too surprisingly a lot of them had to do with the spoils of war, meaning treasure in one aspect or another, and its acquisition and possible abduction by those that wanted to keep it a secret. Even in a time of great struggle and strife people were still clinging to those things that they considered to be valuable as they were either family heirlooms or a promise of wealth that might be there once the war was over and they needed to rebuild or maintain dominance, or whatever else they had in mind. Riches of all types were hoarded during the war and thus it’s not such a huge surprise that anyone would have sought to hide a treasure trove here and there to protect their assets and possibly come back for them later. Of course blowing up the tunnels, if that part of the story is accurate, seems like a funny way to go about it since the digging that would have to be done and the simple locating of the spot would be a task that many might find more than a little daunting. Rick and Christina Gable have an interesting take on this as well.
Back in those days however it seems that some people were simply miserly enough to hide their fortunes away and be content that no one would get to them if they couldn’t. The thought process her is kind of vague but still rather selfish as well as one-way in its dimensions, but then a lot of folks during the second world war were seemingly shortsighted for a very good reason. But watching this show could help unravel the mystery behind why Yamashita did what he did, and it could answer a few other questions as well.
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