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The Mystery of Yamashita's Missing WW2 Gold

Published Feb. 18, 2022

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General Tomoyuki Yamashita was one of the most feared men in World War 2. Dubbed as ‘The Tiger of Malaya’ because of his conquest of the nation within 70 days from the British, Yamashita was one of Japan's most significant military assets.


The general also planned and carried out the ignominious fall of Singapore from the United Kingdom to Japan, which Prime Minister Winston Churchill once called the largest capitulation in English military history.


Despite his lengthy list of feats during the conflict, General Yamashita's personal legacy is mainly tied to an almost 80-year-old mystery that supposedly occurred during the last months of World War 2.


For decades after the war, professional and amateur treasure hunters have traveled to the Filipino mountains to search for a legendary bounty worth hundreds of billions of dollars, with one Filipino man even suing the president for the value of a supposedly stolen Golden Buddha…


- As images and footage of actual events are not always available, Dark Docs sometimes utilizes similar historical images and footage for dramatic effect. I do my best to keep it as visually accurate as possible. All content on Dark Docs is researched, produced, and presented in historical context for educational purposes. We are history enthusiasts and are not always experts in some areas, so please don't hesitate to reach out to us with corrections, additional information, or new ideas. -

Published Feb. 18, 2022

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General Tomoyuki Yamashita was one of the most feared men in World War 2. Dubbed as ‘The Tiger of Malaya’ because of his conquest of the nation within 70 days from the British, Yamashita was one of Japan's most significant military assets.


The general also planned and carried out the ignominious fall of Singapore from the United Kingdom to Japan, which Prime Minister Winston Churchill once called the largest capitulation in English military history.


Despite his lengthy list of feats during the conflict, General Yamashita's personal legacy is mainly tied to an almost 80-year-old mystery that supposedly occurred during the last months of World War 2.


For decades after the war, professional and amateur treasure hunters have traveled to the Filipino mountains to search for a legendary bounty worth hundreds of billions of dollars, with one Filipino man even suing the president for the value of a supposedly stolen Golden Buddha…


- As images and footage of actual events are not always available, Dark Docs sometimes utilizes similar historical images and footage for dramatic effect. I do my best to keep it as visually accurate as possible. All content on Dark Docs is researched, produced, and presented in historical context for educational purposes. We are history enthusiasts and are not always experts in some areas, so please don't hesitate to reach out to us with corrections, additional information, or new ideas. -

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