Lost Gold of WWII

Treasure hunters explore tunnel booby trapped with poison gas

The lost gold of WW2

A team of American treasure hunters explore a mountain in the Philippines in search of a treasure rumoured to have been buried by General Tomoyuki Yamashita in the closing months of World War II. For 70 years, legends have been told of a buried treasure, shrouded in danger.

During the Second World War, Japan conquered vast sectors of the Pacific. They looted gold, ancient artifacts and a variety of other riches. The Japanese army scavenged all of China and Southeast Asia, Thailand and Taiwan. By 1945, the Japanese knew that it was highly likely they were going to lose the war. As the U.S. forces blocked the way to Japan, General Yamashita, commander of the 14th Area Army, supposedly buried the treasure in the Philippines using prisoners of war as labour. Once everything was buried, General Tomoyuki Yamashita surrenders. When the war ended, he was tried and quickly executed, taking his secret to the grave. The mystery of lost World War II treasure hasn't been solved for 70 years.

This is one of the great mysteries of World War II. Is something very secretive and strange buried in that mountain? A covert operation, led by the notorious General Tomoyuki Yamashita? Whether it's gold, weapons, military secrets, whatever Yamashita hid would be hunted for decades to come by treasure hunters. A tale that has intrigued world leaders, rumour has it that MacArthur, Truman and Churchill knew about the treasure. And even the CIA.

Now a team of Americans is on the hunt for this lost chapter in World War II history. But they have a secret weapon. An eyewitness. A local farmer known as 'Grampa'. His story may be the key to finally unlocking this lost chapter of World War II history. Many believe there's something here in the area. The question the American explores have right now is, what is the best way to get inside this mountain? If General Tomoyuki Yamashita didn't want the treasure to be found, it's not going to be easy to be found.