Excavators in Austria say they've discovered an underground complex that the Nazis have been using to develop nuclear weapons, The Australian reported Sunday.
The facility, which was mentioned in documents from the 1940s by both Nazi and U.S. intelligence officials, was found last week near the town St. Georgen an der Gusen. Elevated radation levels found in the past had led to the suspicion that nuclear weapons were being developed there.
The excavation involved cutting through heavy granite plates that the Nazis used in 1945 to seal the entrance. Excavators found helmets and other Nazi paraphernalia nearby.
“This was a gigantic industrial complex and most likely the biggest secret weapons production facility of the Third Reich,” said Andreas Sulzer, an Austrian documentary filmmaker in charge of the excavations, whose team includes scientists and historians.
"The SS leadership ... aspired to create a combination of missiles and weapons of mass destruction. They wanted to equip the A4 (a variant of the V-2) missile, or more advanced rockets, with poison gas, radioactive material or nuclear warheads,” said Rainer Karlsch, a historian who worked with Sulzer.
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