This Week In History, Apr. 16 – 22

Man Finds $2.4 Million-Worth Of Gold Bars In Iraqi Tank He Purchased On eBay

When Nick Mead purchased an ex-military tank on eBay, he probably thought he was getting a decent deal. Little did he know, there were five gold bars worth $2.4 million hidden in the fuel tank.

Mead, a tank collector from the United Kingdom, owns a company that provides tanks and armored vehicles for driving classes, television and film props and, occasionally, epic parties.

He came to own the tank in question — an ex-Iraqi Army Type 69 — by trading an Abbot self-propelled howitzer and a British Army truck, valued together at $37,000, with the eBay seller.

When Mead and his mechanic found machine gun ammunition in the vehicle, they thought the accompanying firearms might be hidden in the fuel tank. Not wanting to arouse police suspicion with an Iraqi gun collection, they decided to film the rest of their initial inspection (above).

But there were no guns in the fuel tank. Instead, they pulled out the gold bars, weighing about 12 pounds each.

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New Study Finds That These Medieval Villagers Mutilated The Dead To Prevent Zombies

English Cemetery Medieval Village Og

Historic England/PAAn illustration of the medieval village of Wharram Percy, where the human bones were excavated.

Medieval villagers in England mutilated the dead to make sure that the corpses didn’t rise up from the grave after burial, new research shows.

English archaeologists have discovered that people who used to live in the Wharram Percy village in Yorkshire, England during the Middle Ages used to chop, smash, and burn the recently dead, according to the Guardian.

Published in the Journal of Archaeological Science this past Monday, their research concludes that the mutilation was intentional and done after death.

Delve deeper in this report.

Allied Forces Knew About The Holocaust Far Earlier Than Believed, New Documents Show

Kids Holocaust

Child survivors of Auschwitz, photographed by the Soviet army

United Nations files documenting the scale of the war crimes committed during the Jewish Holocaust have been sealed for 70 years.

Recently opened, they prove the Allies knew that millions of civilians were being killed and tortured by the Nazis as early as 1942 — two-and-a-half years before the modern narrative assumes.

It’s long been thought that U.K., U.S., and Russian forces only realized the scale of the human rights violations when they discovered and liberated the concentration camps in 1944.

But the records reveal that U.K. Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden made a statement to the British parliament as early as December 1942.

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