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Yellow Coals of the Deep

General Tomoyuki Yamashita earned the name of 'Tiger of Malaya' in history for his brilliant military tactics and having defeated the British in Malaya and Singapore during WWII.

He was always identified with secretly-buried hoards of gold bullion and treasures looted from South-east Asia. It was more than wartime rumours and legends as information reveals that General Yamashita was indeed involved in the movement of looted valuables to caves in mountains north of Manila in the frenetic last 10 months of the war.

For almost 60 years, treasure hunters have been chasing the elusive bounty amassed by General Yamashita, said to be worth US$100 billion during the war itself.

I reckon what the Seagraves revealed in the book will point to a far greater issue: The Yamashita Treasures were but a hidden facet of the secret pact between the vanquished and the victor at the end of the Japanese occupation of South-East Asia.

It says the Japanese had systematically stripped bare 12 Asian countries - including Singapore, Malaya, China, Korea and the Philippines - and plundered them of valuables accumulated over thousands of years, which came in the form of gold, gems, rare art and precious metals.

In this episode we go on a hunt into rumored supply ships and great warships that were believed to be carrying some of this loots on their way back to Japan when they were sunk by the American and British interceptors.

 
 
 
 
 

 

 
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