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There is mystical side to almost every war

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There is mystical side to almost every war

The unknown pages of history eventually come to light as the secret archives become declassified, memoirs and witnesses’ accounts are published. However, both historians and researchers of anomalous events are still perplexed over some mystical cases that took place in days of old.

Nearly all books on abnormal events have a reference to the mysterious disappearance of the 4th Royal Norfolk Battalion during World War I. The inexplicable occurred on August 21, 1915, as the Allies were waging the bloody Battle of the Dardanelles to secure access to the seaway between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean. According to eyewitness accounts by three New Zealand soldiers, the 4th Royal Norfolk Regiment was instructed to assist a unit launching an offensive against the enemy lines on Position 60. A strange cloud fell over the soldiers as they were moving along the bed of a dried-up river. The people were gone after the cloud went up and floated away. The eyewitnesses claimed the cloud looked weird (“very dense as if it was some solid structure”). Besides, the cloud moved against the wind after engulfing the soldiers. At the end of the war the Turks confirmed that they had not captured any personnel of the 4th Royal Norfolk Battalion.

There were lots of theories with regard to that mysterious disappearance. Some ufologists believed the soldiers had been snatched by UFO disguised as a cloud. Others talked about a window to the other dimension, the one that went ajar for some reasons in the above location. Yet the historians were quite skeptical about the extraordinary explanations, and with reason.

First, why did it take so long for the three New Zealanders to speak out? They made the story public 50 years after the Battle of the Dardanelles. Second, it is the regiment that disappeared, not the battalion. The numbers got confused too. It is the 5th battalion, not the 4th one, that went missing on August 12th. Third, the bodies of 122 soldiers of the 5th Royal Norfolk Battalion were eventually discovered in September 1919. Taking into the account the scale of carnage (27 thousand Allied troops were killed and buried in an unmarked mass grave), the bodies of the remaining 145 soldiers of the battalion may have been lost in the process.

So the New Zealanders made the story up? It is hard to make a categorical judgment since the official wartime records indicate that a heavy fog actually fell over the battlefield on August 21. However, there is no mentioning whatsoever concerning any strange cloud.

A more mysterious story involving the disappearance of troops in large numbers took place in during the war in China in December 1937. The Japanese army was on the offensive. The Chinese general Li Fuxi dispatched 3 thousand troops to the Yangtze River banks to impede the enemy advance. The general sent a reconnaissance unit sent to the location one day later. The members of the unit reported that they could see no trace of the detachment; they found no signs of the battle or dead bodies on site. The missing soldiers would have crossed the bridge had they retreated in disregard of orders. Some of the Chinese units were positioned near the bridge; they would have promptly reported any news to the general. Yet they saw no movement near the bridge. The Chinese government made repeated attempts to unravel the mystery of the disappearance of those 3 thousand troops yet all the attempts ended in failure. Neither the Japanese government archives nor army records have any data with regard to capture or annihilation of the Chinese troops on the above location.

Mysterious wartime cases were reported during ground and air combat operations alike.

The “UFO era” is believed to have started in 1947 as the first “flying saucers” were spotted by Kenneth Arnold. However, several UFOs flew over Los Angeles on February 25th, 1942.

U.S. anti-aircraft defense command apparently believed it was a Japanese air raid and ordered to open rapid fire at the targets. The targets escaped unscathed though some of projectiles exploded in close proximity, according to eyewitnesses. One of the UFOs was a big rounded object, the others appeared smaller. Finally, the mysterious objects vanished in thin air. As it turned out, the barrage put up by the air defense units caused substantial collateral damage: several building were damaged and six people were killed. U.S. Air Force got to know UFOs in the fall of 1944. The bombers’ crews reported numerous cases of “hide-and-seek” maneuvers featuring strange illuminated balls and disks, which flew on parallel courses. The objects were initially thought to be some new type of enemy aircraft. However, the UFOs inflicted no damage on U.S. aircraft. In the end, American pilots jokingly dubbed the strangers “Foo Fighters” and “Fritz Balls.” On the other hand, the Germans sighted the UFOs too. They believed the objects were some new aircraft of the Allies. Similar objects were observed during the Korean and Vietnam wars. According to ufologists, those were the authentic UFOs frequently spotted in combat zones.

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