Indonesian archeologists said they've found a Nazi submarine submerged near the island of Java after being tipped-off by local divers. The wreck contains at least 17 skeletons.
Researchers from the Indonesian National Archeology Center announced they discovered the swastika engraved on materials located near the wreck. They believe they discovered the Nazi submarine "U-168" that was sunk by allied forces during World War II. The engine was destroyed by a torpedo from a Dutch submarine in 1944.
"This is the first time we've discovered a foreign submarine from the war in our waters," said Bambang Budi Utomo, who directed the team of archeologists.
"This extraordinary discovery will certainly provide useful information about what happened in the sea lane near Java during the second world war," he said.
Personal artifacts, such as teacups and plates, were discovered at the wreckage site.
During the war, Indonesia was a colony of The Netherlands, known as the Dutch East Indies. From March 1942 to 1945, though, The Netherlands was occupied by Germany and their colony was left undefended to the Japanese army who swiftly occupied the territory with few or no battles.
When the Japanese overran Allied and Dutch forces in Indonesia, Indonesians welcomed them as liberators. Allied forces left Indonesia to the Japanese forces throughout the war. Soon, though, Indonesians were required to side with the Japanese during the war effort and endured hardships that lasted until the Japanese surrender at the end of WWII in 1945.
After Japan was defeated, Indonesia immediately gained independence. The Netherlands recognized their independence five years after the end of WWII.
Nazi swastika engraved on a plate discovered at the torpedoed wreck of the German submarine U-168.
Tea cup discovered at the torpedoed wreck of Nazi submarine U-168.
The carcass of the Nazi German submarine, U-168, torpedoed to its demise off the island of Java, Indonesia.