As the person to stumble upon it, the little boy assumed that he had the right to check out the hatch before anyone else. The metal made a screeching sound as he took off the top and peeked at its contents. Everyone gathered around to join the moment of truth. He found something shiny inside and felt the need to take an even closer look. They were all shocked, but even more so when someone the child away. Needless to say, not a single person there expected to find something like this.
Checking Out The Forest
Kaspar checked the left path and then the right one. One of them was trodden down since it was well-known among hikers. On the other hand, the other one was barely a path! This was the one that he was looking for since it led to the swamp. After plodding through the pines, he saw Lake Kurtna Matasjarv.
Seeing Weird Markings
While making his way across the squishy ground, he found an odd spot in the patch of earth. While it had been hidden by years of growth, he knew that its shape made it different from anything that he had ever seen in the past. Using his feet, he nudged at it until something made him stop.
A Soggy Piece Of Rope
He was unsure what it was. Was it a rope? Was it a sunken boat? He kept digging in the mud and pulled at it. To his frustration, it would not budge. It was a weird situation on its own, and he could not keep it to himself. He returned home and brought his parents there. Soon enough, word got around the village.
It Refused To Budge
People gathered around the spot to see if they could figure out what was going on there. There was something submerged in the water, but they had no idea what it was. One of them saw a rope in the mud and used his hands to retrieve it. Once he could grip it, he pulled it with all the strength that he could muster. The dirt was wet, but the thing refused to budge. Everyone decided to help him out!
Asking Help From The Authorities
Despite their efforts, nothing happened. Keep in mind that there were more than a dozen people pulling the rope by then. To their shock, they failed to pull it out of there no matter how hard they tugged at it. Sadly, they did not have the equipment to get to the bottom of things. The authorities did, however.
Help Is Here
After some time, the silence of the forest was disturbed by the noise of a massive bulldozer. It was time to solve the mystery! The team connected the rope to the machine as the driver got ready to move forward. A couple of people wanted to help out by holding onto part of the rope and hauling it. Despite the manpower and the machine, the thing refused to budge. It was clear that this thing was massive.
A Lot Of Hours And Hands
Everyone went home to get ropes of their own. Some people even took their vehicles to help. For eight hours, people used machines, shovels, and steel cables to see what exactly they were dealing with. Little Kaspar helped, also curious to see what was lying in the lake. He was willing to do whatever it takes!
Something Metallic Down There
Everyone pulled together at the same time. At long last, they felt something shift. A few minutes after that, they saw the tip of the mysterious object rise to the surface of the lake. They all went over to dig away the dirt so that the bulldozer could drag it out of there. Soon enough, they finally saw what it was. They did not expect this at all.
It Was Resurrected
By then, the sun had already started to go below the treeline. They gasped when they saw a huge object surface in the water. It looked like a monster covered in algae! A few people knew what it was right away. They went over to hose and scrape away the mud, which gave way to reveal a huge open hatch.
Taking It Out Of The Water
It had been a few hours since the big reveal. What happened after they brought the gigantic metal thing out of the water? They were all tired from the effort it took to make this happen, but they kept wiping away all the mud on its surface. After some time, they found a strangely familiar white symbol. Their curiosity was the only thing that kept them going. Soon came the time for the last haul…
The Moment Of Truth
After one final pull, the metal beast was out of the water at last. They all grew silent while watching it roll into the mud and out of the lake. The villagers were thrilled to finally learn more about this mystery. Every single one of them was shocked when they realized that they had just pulled out a war tank.
A War Machine
They wanted to know what it was doing there. It came from the Second World War, but what was it doing in a swamp in Estonia? Kaspar ran up to it to check it out. There was no way he was going to miss his chance to take a look inside! “Mom? Are those big bullets?” he asked after seeing something shiny.
It Was Dangerous
Strong arms pulled the young boy away as soon as this happened. “Get away from that!” his mom told him. It turned out that there was ammunition still inside the cabin! Since the tank was in such good shape, the shells were possibly dangerous. Not long after that, they heard the sound of sirens.
A Serious Matter
People in combat gear got out of a camouflaged armored truck and approached the muddy tank. One of the onlookers must have asked for their help once they heard what was in the cabin. All of them stayed silent and watched as the authorities handled this amazing find. One of the officers approached Kaspar.
It Could Be Dangerous
“You found it?” the big man asked the little boy. Kaspar nodded, still scared. To his relief, the man just smiled and said, “I’m impressed. Well done.” He then turned to the villagers and told them, “We need you to step back while we make sure it’s safe.” Thanks to the army and the internet, people soon got the answers that they had been looking for. What did they learn about the mysterious tank in the swamp?
So Many Questions
After two weeks and a lot of help, they managed to pull the tank out of the water. The entire time was able to bring out the machine far enough into the bank to let everyone take a good look at it. People took photos of the amazing historical find. As you can imagine, some people preferred to take selfies with it! However, how exactly did the Soviet-built tank bearing German markings end up in the lake?
Been There For Decades
Experts said that it was really a war machine. To be specific, it was a Soviet-built T34/76A. It weighed 7 metric tons and was used by the Soviet army to fight the Germans. It meant that it had been in the water for 56 years! Aside from that, they learned something about the numbers and symbols on its side.
It Was Repainted
The tank in question is thought to have been caught by the Germans, who then repainted it with their symbols. While it was a great machine that could handle any terrain, the theory goes that the Germans left it so that the Soviets could not retake it. The tank was eventually taken to the Gorodenko museum.
In Great Shape
What made the tank so fascinating was that it did not seem to have suffered any damage. There were metal parts of the surface that had eroded after years of water damage, but the Soviet war tank was still in good shape. As a matter of fact, it looked solid enough that they could not help but hope that it was still in working condition! Were they right about that?
How It Was Preserved
But how come it did not suffer more damage than that? You see, the tank was in such great shape since the marshy bog had low oxygen levels. Thanks to this, the metal was preserved with minimal corrosion. The whole thing was intact, and you would not have guessed that it had been in there for so many years.
In Working Condition
While working on its restoration, the team was shocked to see that they could start its diesel engine with no need for spare parts. Aside from that, they found 116 pieces of ammunition in the cabin! It was truly an amazing find. In the end, they could also explain what the tank was doing in that part of Europe.
It Was Once A Battleground
In case you did not know, the Eastern Estonia Narva front was the site of intense battles. Sadly, it saw 100,000 soldiers die and over 300,000 get injured. The forces kept moving, so soldiers and tanks alike flooded into this narrow and swampy area. The last of these battles happened on August 3. The Soviets came in with armor and artillery to attack the Germans, but not much changed even a week later.
A Trophy Tank
The German troops captured this ‘Trophy Tank’ during the Battle of the Blue Mountains in the summer of 1944. What truly makes this tank so fascinating was the fact that it was used by both the Germans and the Soviets in the Second World War. Sadly, it ended up going into its watery grave six weeks later.
Time To Retreat
The Germans started to retreat along the front line on September 19, 1944. Those in charge made the call to simply dump the tank. They did not want to submit to the enemies and went as far as to destroy their own things to prevent the Soviets from using them. If you ever want to see the T-34, you will find it at a war museum in the village of Gorodenko! Can you believe that a little boy made such a massive find?
Demolition Is Underway
It turns out that this boy wasn’t the only one who was lucky enough to find something incredible at random. This couple had been working on renovating their 1940s home when they came across something unbelievable. They were done with the second and first floor without any problem, but when they got started on the basement, things took a turn. Once they realized what was happening, they were thrilled to look into it.
At the end of the day, however, they got more than they could handle. So much so that they had to call the FBI and let them deal with it. What would cause such a reaction in the first place? The first thing this couple needed to do was tear down the basement walls and get started there. That’s how the husband found out the room was filled with graffiti hiding the whole time. The entire room was full of surprises. What else was in store for this couple?
So Many Secrets
The house owner couldn’t believe what he had found. There were a lot of drawings and things written that he didn’t expect to see on the walls of his house. In fact, he never expected to find it anywhere in the house. When he began working on the renovation, he never could have seen something like this coming at all.
In The Ceiling
There was something else that piqued the man’s curiosity. Something looked like it was wedged between the subfloor and the ceiling. Was it stuck? Was it put there accidentally or on purpose? What could it possibly be? He wanted to take a closer look at it, but it was a challenge seeing as it was between the rafters. He needed to use a lot of strength to reach the object, so he did just that.
A Goal In Mind
When he began working on this part of the house, he hadn’t paid much attention to the place. The only goal he had in mind was to clean it up and break down the walls that were unneeded. We’re just glad he decided to document the entire project. His camera was right there by his side to take pictures throughout the entire process.
The Mysterious Suitcase
When he was breaking down part of the wall, it was time for him to start hacking away at the ceiling. That was when he came across the mystery object. He was shocked to see a bulky object in there. He was so confused. What would a suitcase be doing in such a place?
It Was Heavy
He looked at it, it was green and grey. To him, it was obvious that someone decided to put it in that specific spot to make sure it was hidden. When he reached out to touch the object, he couldn’t help but feel surprised by how heavy it was. This meant there was something inside it. What could it possibly be filled with?
A Bulky Suitcase
He knew he needed to be extremely careful if he would keep going. After all, he had no clue as to what he would find inside the green and gray suitcase. There was just one thing for him to fo if he wanted to find out what was inside. It’s clear that he needed to open it. Would this lead to anything?
Letting Her Know
Immediately, he let his wife know about what he’d found hidden in the rafters. There was no way he would look into the suitcase on his own. He wanted to share this special moment with his wife. Additionally, it would be useful to have a backup should anything go wrong.
What Might Be Inside
It was obvious that someone out there wanted to keep the contents of this suitcase a secret. But the question is why? Why would anyone go through so much effort to do something like this? The man took a closer look at the suitcase as he tried figuring out what it could possibly contain inside it.
Big Dreams And A Small Suitcase
In terms of size, the suitcase wasn’t all that large. All the same, it was a huge mystery. The man began coming up with all kinds of theories and ideas in his mind. He was undoubtedly intrigued, why wouldn’t he be? He knew it was important to find out what was inside it. All the same, it took him by surprise.
It Could Be Nothing
Maybe it would have been better for the man not to expect too much of it. After all, he wouldn’t want to be disappointed when it would turn out to be something unimportant. There was always a chance the suitcase was full of nothing more than junk. At last, the moment of truth arrived along with his wife.
Like Christmas Day
In any case, we can’t blame the guy for being excited about this ordeal. Nothing like this had ever happened to him before. It was a mystery that he couldn’t wait to unravel. He was counting down the hours until his wife returned. The whole time, he was speculating about what they would be finding.
Keep Expectations Low
Would there be any cash in there? It was possible that he would find precious jewelry or even trading cards or the like. Still, he did his best to keep his expectations as low as possible. That was the key to prevent any disappointment that could occur. At the end of the day, however, he discovered that there was no reason for him to do such a thing.
Unveiling The Mystery
The couple planned on opening the suitcase together and get around to it once the wife came home. They were both curious to find out what it contained. When they opened the suitcase at last, they found bundles of wax paper. Their curiosity was at an all-time high. By that point, they had no idea what to expect.
Time To Unwrap Them
At first, they were disappointed by what they had seen so far. The feeling didn’t last long, however. Once they removed the wads of paper and began unwrapping them, things started to fall into place. Can you guess what was hidden inside? We’re sure you’re figuring it out by now.
A Wad Of Cash
The husband peeled back some wax paper from one of the bundles. That was the moment he figured out that he and his wife came across something big. After taking off the piece of paper, he realized he was holding a huge stack of cash in his hand. It was made up of $20 bills. We should mention that this bundle was one of many.
All That Cash
The couple stood and gaped at the dollar bills lying in front of them. Soon enough, they noticed the bills were rather old. They were shocked to see just how much money was there. Once they got past the initial shock, they began wondering what kind of person would be hiding that amount of money in such a place.
They Were Shocked
“These are all twenties! There may be a couple thousand here! We are freaking out at this point,” the husband later explained. In all fairness, who wouldn’t react in such a way after discovering so much money in their own home? He continued, saying, “This doesn’t happen to us! What do we do? Where are the cameras?”
More Or Less
They couldn’t contain their excitement any longer as they started unwrapping the remainder of the wads. Would they find the same thing? It was possible that the rest of the wads would be more or less the same as the first. It didn’t matter to the couple. They simply wanted to see how much money there really was!