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In 1963 the body of a German navy NCO was found in Neelova Gulf with the remnants of his uniform and rifle ammunition.

In 1985 Soviet helicopter pilot Peter Statsyukom discovered a small complex of five underground Nazi bunkers in the delta of the Lena River in the Siberian Arctic.

Lena Delta

Lena Delta cliffs

Apparently these artificial caves were built into a large rocky outcrop and blasted out with explosives. Nearby there was a 200m concrete jetty built linked by a small tramway to the storage caves. These storage bunkers sheltered 250 German manufactured fuel drums.

Inside an accommodation bunker they also found Nazi era coins, German naval badges and buttons. There had always been wartime tales amongst the indigenous Yakut people about mysterious men called chuchuna dressed in black spotted in the Bykovskaya Duct area between 1940-42.

According to some accounts when the intact wreck of a German U-boat, U-534 was raised in the Baltic by a wealthy private individual, amongst her soaked papers were orders at the end of WWII to sail to the Lena Delta.

My question is what was the base used for?

Was it in support of U-boat operations to Japan or to refuel flying boat operations to Japan, or for espionage/reconnaissance flights deep into the soviet rear?

Does anybody know and if so please could you identify sources?

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tl;dr

No such base has ever existed.

Let's look at the map

The "port distance" between Kiel and Archangel is 1951 nautical miles, between Kiel and Murmansk - 1584 nautical miles.

The air distance between Murmansk and Tiksi (Lena delta) is 1744.66 nmi.

Yes, a German Type IX submarine with a range of 12knmi can go there and back. Can it actually carry there concrete, fuel drums, workers, heavy equipment &c &c &c? Not really.

Moreover, one look at the map is enough to realize that a Krigsmarine base there would serve no purpose. It is too far to be used against the Arctic convoys. There are no targets in the area. Pacific is also too far. Add to this the harsh climate (to put it mildly - ocean actually freezes and the base is unreachable 9 months of the year) and the question becomes moot.

Yes, but the rumors are so persistent!

My guess is that it all started with oil drums. USSR swiped in Germany everything if could carry. They probably took the fuel drums and brought them to Tiksi (and many other places). Some of them might have been stolen by the locals, who then, quite naturally, claim to have fished them out of the river. Then the rumor mill takes over - someone would claim to have seen Nazi coins or uniforms or submarine pens...

At any rate, I think the Lena base is as real as the Secret Nazi Base in Antarctica or on the Moon.

PS: Don't confuse this mythical base with automatic and manned weather stations. Lena delta is too far to be useful as such.

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    There's also a Nazi base on the moon. On the backside of it, if I remember correctly. I think I saw a documentary on it once;-) – coderworks Jul 10 '17 at 3:24
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    @coderworks yes, it was built there for the nazis by the Mossad on orders of the CIA :) – jwenting Jul 10 '17 at 9:12
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    There were small weather stations by the German Navy or Air Force in the arctic. I haven't heard about any on Soviet soil. – o.m. Jul 11 '17 at 4:19
  • @o.m. given the extent of German occupation of Europe, they would have several such within their own territory, which included northern Norway. – jwenting Jul 12 '17 at 11:22
  • @jwenting, they did go beyond the perimeter of their conventional military occupation, e.g. to Svalbard. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Haudegen – o.m. Jul 12 '17 at 15:17

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