DATELINE: Japanese Gold of WWII
General Yamashita’s Headquarters in Luzon.
The third episode of this intriguing series Lost Gold of World War II is called, “Dead Giveaway,” in which you come to realize that the Japanese soldiers spent more time setting up fake treasure vaults than real ones.
Here too comes the admission that they have no idea what the treasure may be: it may not be gold. So much for truth in advertising on History Channel.
The series Lost Gold of World War II continues to be compelling, but we are not sure if History Channel will choose to re-new it for a second season. No word has filtered out yet.
The efforts to lead treasure hunters to their doom take on even more bizarre elements. From cyanide in bottles that shatter when a shovel hits them, to flood tunnels that spew forth torrents of water when breached, to now bombs under rocks that are moved carelessly.
If they went to all this trouble to dissuade, if not kill seekers of the treasure, it must be something special.
General Titicaca, oh, we mean Yamashita, apparently made his HQ in one of the remote caverns on the mountain where the hunters are excavating. He held out for almost 3 weeks after the Japanese surrender because he had unfinished business in burying treasure.
The group brings in a highly regards ordinance expert who examines the cavern where they were about to dig—and notes there are potato mashers buried here too. Hand grenades.
The dead giveaways are easy to find treasure spots that are meant to blow up the searcher.
There is real suspense here—and a sense that something may be uncovered, which gives this show a genuine chill factor.