Yet again we see a drawing of his UFO with the three bubbles underneath,
reminiscent of the Haunebu II alongside a cigar shaped object, of which more
Ernst Zundel, a German scientist turned author who had entered
the US under Operation Paperclip at the end of the war and who worked at Wright
Field (later Wright Patterson AFB where the alleged Roswell debris was housed),
also made claims about the nature of the activity in Antarctica.
In the 1970s Zundel wrote a book ‘UFOs: Nazi Secret
Weapons?’ in which he claimed that UFOs were secret Nazi weapons developed
during the Second World War, and some of them had been shipped out towards the
end of the war and hidden at the poles.
Publication of the book coincided with a
tidal wave of renewed interest in all things spiritual, and Zundel was invited
on to countless talk shows to share his views on spaceships, free energies,
electromagnetism, emergent technologies and some of the positive contributions
made by the Germans under the Third Reich in these fields (26).
The idea gripped the popular imagination and took on a
life of its own. Zundel’s publishing company, ‘Samisdat’, started to make
a name for itself by issuing newsletters and books on the subject. An expedition
to Antarctica itself was even proposed to seek out ‘Hitler’s UFO bases’ there.
(See advert, left.)
Yet such claims would have died out had they not been based on
at least some real events. That something strange was happening around the
foreboding continent took an interesting turn in the 1960s when the Argentine
Navy was charged with the official investigation into strange sightings in the
sky. A 1965 official report prepared by Captain Sanchez Moreno of the Naval Air
Station Comandante Espora in Bahia Blanca stated:
"Between 1950 and 1965, personnel of Argentina’s Navy alone
made 22 sightings of unidentified flying objects that were not airplanes,
satellites, weather balloons or any type of known (aerial) vehicles. These 22
cases served as precedents for intensifying that investigation of the subject by
the Navy (20)."
Following a series of sightings at Argentine and Chilean
meteorological stations on Deception Island, Antarctica, in June and July 1965,
Captain Engineer Omar Pagani disclosed at a press conference that "the
unidentified flying objects do exist. Their presence in Argentine airspace is
proven. Their nature and origin are unknown and no judgement is made about
More details of these UFO sightings were given in a report
in the Brazilian newspaper ‘O Estado de Sao Paulo’ in its 8th
July 1965 edition. "For the first time in history, an official communiqué has
been published by a government about the flying saucers.
It is a document from the Argentine Navy, based on the statements of a large
number of Argentine, Chilean and British sailors stationed in the naval base in
declared that the personnel of Deception Island (right) naval base saw, at
nineteen hours forty minutes on 3 July, a flying object of lenticular shape,
with a solid appearance and a colouring in which red and green prevailed and,
for a few moments, yellow.
The machine was
flying in a zig-zag fashion, and in a generally western direction, but it
changed course several times and changed speed, having an inclination of about
forty-five degrees above the horizon. The craft also remained stationary for
about twenty minutes at a height of approximately 5,000 meters, producing no
states moreover that the prevailing meteorological conditions when the
phenomenon was observed can be considered excellent for the region in question
and the time of year. The sky was clear and quite a lot of stars were visible.
The Secretariat of
the Argentine Navy also states in its communiqué that the occurrence was
witnessed by scientists of the three naval bases and that the facts described by
these people agree completely." (22)