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Rommel's Gold or the Treasure of the Afrika Corps
Above: Erwin Rommel 'The Desert Fox'
|Above: Rommel in North Africa
A sunken hoard off the eastern coast of Corsica
The Rommel's Gold Story - Version One
Peter Fleig, a diver who served with the SS in World War
II, claimed that on the 16th September 1943 he was ordered to assist a group of four officers conceal six steel ammunition boxes in an underwater cavern off the eastern coast of the
Mediterranean island of Corsica.
Above: the Island of Corsica as photographed by STS-84,
image courtesy of NASA
The six boxes are said to have contained
precious stones and gold and silver bullion that had been
moved out of north Africa as Rommel's Afrika Corps were
being crushed by the allied onslaught.
Fleig and the four officers had successfully hidden the
boxes, they headed for the west coast of Italy where they
were immediately arrested by allied troops. The four
officers, refusing to cooperate with their captors or reveal
the location of the treasure, were shot. Fleig was
apparently spared after he claimed that he had been forced
to assist in the concealment of the boxes and did not know
what they contained.
The Rommel's Gold Story - Version Two
In the second version of the story, Peter Fleig has nothing to do with the
concealment of the treasure and learns of its exact location
from an officer at an SS demobilization camp.
attempts have been made to recover the treasure, and
although several of the expeditions involved Fleig directly,
none of them have ever been successful.
Reportedly a pseudonym
Whether this material was supposed to have been looted by
Rommel and his troops from north Africa or whether it was
barter money that they had taken with them is not clear.
The Treasure Seekers by Hans Roden, 1966. Pages 180-186.
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