The Curious Klondike Caper
The saga of the U.S. Army’s Operation Klondike is a highly strange one. It’s one that has its beginnings in the Second World War, has a major connection to a secure location famous for its truly huge gold-reserves, is linked to a priceless ancient treasure, and even has a tie-in with UFOs. It’s a weird story that has at its core the Holy Crown of Hungary, or as it is more famously referred: the Crown of Saint Stephen, the coronation crown used by the Kingdom of Hungary, and which is believed to have been fashioned at some point during the 1100s.
The crown has a remarkable history, to say the very least, having been stolen and recovered on countless occasions, the most recent example of which occurred when Lajos Kossuth, the Regent-President of Hungary, fled the country with the crown in-tow – as a result of the collapse of the Hungarian revolution of 1848 – and summarily buried it in a forested area of Dracula’s home-country of Transylvania! Fortunately, by 1853, the crown had been successfully recovered and was returned to Buda Castle, Budapest, from where Kossuth had originally pilfered it. But, the adventures of the crown were far from over: it was eventually destined to travel overseas, no less.
As the Second World War came to a crashing end, for Hitler and Co., at least, and as the Russians were publicly demonstrating their strength all across Hungary, the crown was secretly handed over to elements of the U.S. 86th Infantry Division – to ensure it stayed firmly out of the hands of the high-ups within the Kremlin. As a consequence, a secure, heavily-guarded location was chosen to house the priceless, legendary item: the Kentucky-based Fort Knox, the United States’ Bullion Depository, which holds approximately two-and-half percent of all the gold known to have been refined throughout the entirety of human history.
The crown remained there until January 6, 1978, after which date it was returned to the people of Hungary, with a wealth of fanfare and gratitude to the United States, and then-President Jimmy Carter, for ensuring that the Soviets never did succeed in getting their eager claws into the legendary crown.
But, there’s a notable UFO connection to this particular saga: according to a collection of State Department memoranda of 1956 and 1957, at one point in the 1950s – and as a specific means to ensure that the true and sensitive nature of what they were guarding remained a very murky and questionable issue – the soldiers at Fort Knox were first told that the crate containing the crown actually held both the wings and engine of a flying saucer, and were later advised that its contents were recovered German artwork, gold, and other items of priceless, historical value.
Here, then, is a prime example of a concocted story of a crashed UFO being promoted to hide something of a far more down-to-earth nature. We should, therefore, surely ask a very important question: on how many more occasions has the controversy surrounding crashed UFOs been carefully – and ingeniously – exploited by officialdom in a similar fashion? Sometimes, a crashed UFO may actually be nothing of the sort. It may be something else entirely…