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The epic story of U.S. Air Force Captain William Steel, an intelligence officer with serious authority issues, and his hunt for billions of dollars of lost WWII Japanese treasure hidden in the mountainous jungles of the Philippines.

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Rare Japanese sword recently found in Australia

 A rare Japanese sword that had been classified as a national treasure was recently found in Australia. The sword was confiscated sometime after WWII from Japan by occupation allied soldiers. The sword was thought to have been crafted by the Etchū Norishige (1290-1366) (則重) Norishige was a Japanese swordsmith of the late Kamakura period. He was a contemporary and possibly a pupil of the famous Masamune. Norishige swords are noted for their distinct matsukawa hada 松皮肌 (pine bark grain). One of his works is classified as Kokuho (National Treasures) by the Ministry of Culture, the highest classification for a sword.

An Australian sword collector, Ian Brooks, became aware of the resemblance between a sword he had purchased in an online auction in 2018 and the rare sword.
Brooks discovered that his sword's blade is the same length and has the same inscription on its guard. He also found three Chinese characters for "Shima Jingu" following two unreadable ones on a label that was apparently used to wrap the sheath of the sword.
Japanese officials are reviewing Brooks's claim. Brooks said he wanted to make sure that the sword is returned to Japan after his death.
(pictured below an example of a Norishige sword.

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Maros photo and gold bars?

I can't vouch for the authenticity of this photo--but if a picture is worth a thousand words then it would seem Former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos (A likeness of him wearing the cap) knew more about stolen WWII Japanese treasure than he was willing to admit. (See my other recent posts about presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos's claims he knew nothing of the WWII gold.

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Steel's Treasure and Steel's Gold avail on Amazon kindle-

 For my overseas (Philippines) Steel's Treasure and Steel's Gold fans you can get my books on a Amazon Kindle. See the Kindle post.

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Famous Yamashita treasure hunter dies

 Interesting obituary in Wash Post today. John Singlaub recently died. Retired U.S. army general and war hero. Very rightwing and anti-communist. He spend time in the Philippines looking for the Yamashita treasure--his gold hunting exploits in the Philippines mired in controversy. Wanted to use the gold to financial his anti-communist crusades.

Monday, January 3, 2022

Photo of Yamashita gold bars??

 Reported to be a photo of some of the Yamashita gold President Marcos stole? Some serious $$$ here.

Thursday, December 9, 2021

 Here's a unique piece of WWII history--this pencil sketch is of General Yamashita (The Tiger of Malaya) during the War Crimes trials in Manila in 1945. The drawing was made by one of his American court-appointed defense councils (George Guy) during the trial and is signed by the General. Can't imagine there are many autographs of the infamous Tiger out there.