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Mass grave of 18 World War II Nazi paratroopers found in Poland

Stalin’s army invaded a Nazi airfield near the end of World War II and killed some German soldiers, and now the archaeologist has found their final resting place.

A mass grave excavated in Poland contains skeletal remains of 18 paratroopers who met their demise in 1945.

The well also revealed etched weapons, tools etched with swastikas, dog tags and medals, allowing scientists to identify them as a unit associated with the Luftwaffe – the official name of the Nazi Air Force.

The runway was established in the 1930s and used as a secret training location before it was overrun by the Red Army.

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Stalin's army invaded a Nazi airfield near the end of World War II and killed some German soldiers, and now the archaeologist has found their final resting place. In Poland, a mass grave has been excavated with skeletal remains of 18 paratroopers who met their downfall in 1945

Stalin’s army invaded a Nazi airfield near the end of World War II and killed some German soldiers, and now the archaeologist has found their final resting place. In Poland, a mass grave has been excavated with skeletal remains of 18 paratroopers who met their downfall in 1945

The gruesome find was discovered in the village of Kożlice in southwestern Poland, The first news reports.

The skeletons were placed side by side on the well, along with a number of items, including a steel tool with the Luftwaffe symbol depicting an eagle hovering over a swastika.

The team also discovered a pocket watch, a spare anti-aircraft gun for an MG rifle, and a Spanish cross medal.

This medal was awarded to troops participating in the Spanish Civil War, when Adolf Hitler joined forces with Spanish dictator Francisco Franco.

The skeletons were placed side by side on the well, along with a number of items, including a steel tool with the Luftwaffe symbol depicting an eagle hovering over a swastika

The skeletons were placed side by side on the well, along with a number of items, including a steel tool with the Luftwaffe symbol depicting an eagle hovering over a swastika

The skeletons were placed side by side on the well, along with a number of items, including a steel tool with the Luftwaffe symbol depicting an eagle hovering over a swastika

The horrific find was discovered in the village of Ko¿lice in southwestern Poland,

The horrific find was discovered in the village of Ko¿lice in southwestern Poland,

The gruesome find was discovered in the village of Kożlice in southwestern Poland,

Tomasz Czabanski, chairman of the archaeological group behind the discovery, said: “Near rural buildings, we discovered the mass grave of 18 German soldiers who were killed in 1945.

“We also found three identity labels near the remains. There was a lot going on here. Many individual graves have been discovered in this area. ‘

A separate mass grave was discovered in 2018, but this location contained nearly 2,000 German soldiers.

The huge well happened to be run into by Russian workers who laid a new water pipe in Volgograd (Stalingrad).

They notified the authorities, including the German War Graves Commission, and since then there has been careful excavation to restore the dead.

The team also discovered a pocket watch and spare anti-aircraft gun for an MG rifle (shown)

The team also discovered a pocket watch and spare anti-aircraft gun for an MG rifle (shown)

The team also discovered a pocket watch and spare anti-aircraft gun for an MG rifle (shown)

A Spanish cross token was also found in the tomb. This medal was awarded to troops participating in the Spanish Civil War, when Adolf Hitler joined forces with Spanish dictator Francisco Franco

A Spanish cross token was also found in the tomb. This medal was awarded to troops participating in the Spanish Civil War, when Adolf Hitler joined forces with Spanish dictator Francisco Franco

A Spanish cross token was also found in the tomb. This medal was awarded to troops participating in the Spanish Civil War, when Adolf Hitler joined forces with Spanish dictator Francisco Franco

In total, military archaeologists have found as many as 1,837 bodies – all of them German soldiers.

They have also found the remains of horses killed alongside the men in the battle that was the greatest in World War II and the bloodiest of all time, with about two million men killed, wounded or captured.

According to a historian and expert at the Battle of Stalingrad, the mass grave is consistent with the reports of the victorious Red Army of the Soviet Union hastily burying the German dead in a cleft towards the end of the conflict.

Michael Jones, author of Stalingrad: How the Red Army Triumphed, said, “The Battle of Stalingrad was a catastrophic defeat for the German 6th Army.”

The runway was established in the 1930s and used as a secret training location before being overrun by the Red Army

The runway was established in the 1930s and used as a secret training location before being overrun by the Red Army

The runway was established in the 1930s and used as a secret training location before being overrun by the Red Army

“A month after the surrender, in early March 1943, Soviet Lieutenant Vladimir Gelfand visited the city.”

“He wrote in his journal that he saw a terrible image of destruction with dead bodies everywhere. He said some were heaped to be buried and others were on the ground, partially stripped of clothing. ‘

“The recent discovery of a massive German grave in Angarsky in present-day Volgograd, with more than 1,800 soldiers, confirms Gelfand’s report.”

“For in March 1943, a rift near the Angarsky settlement was hastily used by the Soviets – fearing a disease outbreak as spring approached – as an improvised burial site for the remains of thousands of German troops and their horses.”

“That was the fate of an army that Hitler had proudly proclaimed could conquer the gates of heaven itself.”

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