Yamashita’s Treasure is so-called because it is associated with the Japanese WWII General Tomoyuki Yamashita, whose troops stole unpredecented amounts of gold from their neighboring countries during the war. After Japan had been subdued by Allied troops to end the war, the gold mysteriously vanished. Rumor has it that Japanese troops had hidden their stolen treasures in various caves and tunnels in the Phillipines, but they never managed to return and ship it back to Japan.
One man, Rogelio Roxas, claims to have found some of the treasure only to have it stolen from him by Philipino President Ferdinand Marcos.
Yamashita’s Gold – Eyewitness Reveals Truth Of Fabulous WWII Hidden Treasure
In the closing months of World War II, in the Philippines, several of Japan’s highest ranking imperial princes hid tons of looted gold bullion and other stolen treasure in caves and tunnels, to recover later. This was the wealth of 12 Asian countries, accumulated over thousands of years.
Expert teams accompanying Japan’s armed forces had systematically emptied treasuries, banks, factories, private homes, pawn shops, art galleries, and stripped ordinary people, while Japan’s top gangsters looted Asia’s underworld and its black economy.
There were 175 ”imperial” treasure sites hidden throughout the Philippines. When American tanks were close, the chief engineers of those vaults were given a farewell party 67 metres underground in Tunnel 8 in the mountains of Luzon, stacked with row after row of gold bars. As the evening progressed, they drank great quantities of sake, sang patriotic songs and shouted banzai (long life).
At midnight, General Yamashita Tomoyuki and the princes slipped out, and dynamite charges were set off in the access tunnels, entombing the engineers. Their vaults would remain secret. The princes escaped to Tokyo by submarine, and three months later General Yamashita surrendered to American troops. Japan had lost the war militarily, but the princes made certain Japan did not lose financially.
This grisly event has remained unknown until now, and the hidden treasure was brushed off as a fanciful legend of ”Yamashita’s Gold”. But an eyewitness to the entombment has taken us there and given us his personal account. During the war, Ben Valmores was the young Filipino valet of a senior prince, who was in charge of closing all imperial treasure sites in the Philippines. A sometimes sentimental man, the prince spared Ben’s life and led him out of Tunnel 8 just before the dynamite was detonated. Read more..