New Nazi treasure hunt: Now Russian 'expert' claims to have found lost lorries loaded with gold from bank emptied by Soviet forces during World War II to stop German looting

  • Soviet forces empties Bank of Smolensk to stop Nazis from looting it
  • Treasures were moved by convoy of lorries, but was attacked on its way
  • Only five of eight 'golden trucks' arrived in Russian village in July 1941 
  • Russian engineer is now claiming to have located the missing lorries 

A Russian engineer is claiming to have found yet another 'lost loot' from the Second World War - buried near a village south-west of Moscow. 

The unnamed 'expert' says he has found the location of lorries loaded with gold, silver and jewels from the Bank of Smolensk, which had been emptied by Soviet forces in order to prevent the Nazis from getting their hands on its riches.

However, the convoy of treasures was overrun by German forces in the opening phase of Operation Barbarossa in June 1941, when Hitler unleashed an army of three million men eastwards to conquer the Soviet Union.

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Truth or lies? An 'expert' claims to have found the lost lorries containing the treasures of the Bank of Smolensk, which disappeared during World War II

Truth or lies? An 'expert' claims to have found the lost lorries containing the treasures of the Bank of Smolensk, which disappeared during World War II

This follows the reports last week that the fabled 'gold train' of Walbrzych in Poland has been found, laden with Nazi plunder, in an abandoned tunnel.

One of the first ports of call for the Nazi invaders in July 1941 was the Bank of Smolensk.

However, the Russians thwarted Hitler's men by moving the valuables eastward on eight trucks.

The convoy split up halfway on the road to Moscow. When the trucks tried to cross the Dnieper River, they came under fire from the Germans. One was destroyed and the explosion hurled hundreds of silver coins around the area.

But later that day - July 16 1941 - only five vehicles arrived in the village of Otnosovo. Over the years villagers have routinely found coins in the countryside.

Evidence: Treasure hunters have shown MailOnline a series of items they claim were discovered around the site where the gold train is supposedly hidden - including this Nazi Eagle

Second report: This item has allegedly been found on the site in Poland where the fabled 'gold train' of Waldbrzych is said to have been located

Haul: They say coins like these could be just a fraction of what is hidden in the tunnel

The Bank of Smolensk had been emptied by Soviet forces in order to prevent the Nazis from looting it, but the convoy of lorries came under attack and only five of eight were recovered (stock image)

Now, like in Poland two weeks ago, an 'expert' has come forward to say he has found the location of the missing lorries. Also like in Poland, the man claims he found the trucks using ground-penetrating radar.

Bild newspaper in Germany reported on the story Monday morning stating: 'The man is an engineer and through his lawyer says he found the missing trucks at the risk of his own life.

'According to his statements, the Soviet secret service took charge of all the lorries. After burning paper money and artworks the trucks were buried in mineshafts near Vyazma and the shafts were then mined.

'Allegedly there is 100 tons of gold on board the lorries.' Bild said the unnamed man told them the trucks, six in all, were hidden in two shafts several miles apart at a depth of 15 to 17 metres.

Bild says the man intends to go public with his 'proof' of the gold lorries in the coming days. 

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