A group of treasure hunters were using metal detectors to find treasure in a Latvian forest when they detected something large underneath their feet. They dug up five cylindrical tubes that were well protected against the elements including water. But the real surprise came after they opened them up to discover what was in them. As it turned out they were saboteur packages that were hidden by the Germans during WWII. Inside were guns, knives, grenades, explosives and other tools to be used during sabotage.
In the spot where they were digging were five large tubes, which were still sealed. Curious to learn more, the treasure hunters decided to open the tubes. They were surprised to see that the tubes were actually saboteur caches, presumably buried by Germans for future use during WWII.
An Imgur user shared more info about the find in a post on the site.
“Here’s an interesting finding from a Latvian forest – five hermetic containers intended for German saboteurs, who acted in the time of WWII in the rear of Red Army,” the user shared. “For seventy years the containers were reliably protected from moisture, so the contents are preserved even better than it could be at a warehouse.”
A number of items were found inside, including expected weapons such as handguns and knives, as well as some more unusual findings.
The treasure hunters found a large amount ammunition for the French M1892 revolver, as well as the revolver itself.
A number of grenades were found, as well as magnetic mines, which could be stuck to something metal and detonated as a victim walked by.
According to Guns.com, the group says that the findings were donated to the Latvian War Museum.
Viewers shared their thoughts on the findings on Imgur.
“Really really REALLY shouldn’t mess with old explosives,” one user commented. “They can sensitize and go boom at inopportune moments.”
“Breaks my heart to see that they were unwrapped in an unsafe environment,” another user wrote.