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Fourth Reich Rising: Iron Sky and the Nazi UFO Mythos

Many have speculated in the decades following the end of the Second World War that the Axis Powers–namely Nazi Germany–had been involved in the secret production of highly advanced technology and exotic aircraft. According to various sources of rumor and speculation, some of these advanced aircraft, variously believed to have been jet-propelled saucers and possibly even “alienesque” field propulsion discs, were given names such as the “Hannebu” and “Vril,” the latter of these drawing from the ancient traditions of esoterica that many among Hitler’s ranks drew heavily from, both in terms of inspiration, as well as mystical and technological knowledge.

The idea that the Nazis may have been utilizing advanced technologies toward the end of the war is an intriguing prospect indeed. After all, the Ally’s most advanced aircraft had still yet to employ the the use of swept-wing designs and other more efficient construction that the Nazis were indeed exploring already. However, those inclined toward paranoia might wonder if there were other things Hitler’s scientists and aeronautics engineers might have been developing… and perhaps even strangest of all, if there is any existing potential that any such craft or other technologies might have somehow continued on, carefully (and conveniently) behinds the scenes of mainstream science.

This idea, however strange it seems, has obviously remained popular enough, at least, to have garnered Hollywood’s attention; hence the upcoming release of the farcical new alternative history/Scifi yarn Iron Sky features the concept heavily, drawing from the idea of Nazis who had gone into hiding on the dark side of Earth’s moon, in order to regroup and institute an elaborate and several-decades-long plan for revenge against the Earth that scorned them during the 1940s.

This, of course, is wholly fictional; and yet, the notion that Nazi technology and advanced physics they may have been investigating toward the end of the war has nonetheless served well as an alternative, in the minds of some, with regard to the origins of UFO craft witnessed since the late 1940s. For many, this notion seems more plausible than the idea that exotic lifeforms might be the forces behind what may, in fact, only appear to be highly-exotic aircraft seen above Earth at various times. This is likely because the idea of alien visitors, while intriguing, remains an area that is largely unquantifiable in terms of there being any scientific proof to back such claims. On the other hand, while we may never know to what real extent Nazi scientists may have been involved in projects that dealt with such things as anti-gravity, field propulsion systems, and other highly advanced technology, there is little question as to whether they would have shown interest in such things. Again, the question regarding the entire Nazi UFO question is this: how plausible is it that technologies as advanced as what do seem to be described in modern UFO reports could not only have been developed here on Earth, but were already in existence by the end of the 1950s?

During a recent edition of The Gralien Report Podcast, I discussed the various curious potentials associated with the Nazi UFO mythos during an interview with author Joseph P. Farrell, who put things in no uncertain terms: while there is evidence that certain files and documents released over the years may have some relation to alleged “Nazi sciences” of yesteryear, there is very little evidence that anything akin to what we see in films like Iron Sky will have any direct relevance to the reality of the situation. In other words, to suppose that UFOs might emanate from decades-old Nazi science is probably even less likely than to suppose that there may be an extraterrestrial link to the UFO equation.

Of course, when we take into consideration all the potential ties to underground Antarctic bases, strange experiments taking place during the Third Reich, and high-strangeness claims that involve the ongoing and multi-faceted UFO mythos, there will always be proponents of there being some esoteric Nazi connection to the greater UFO mystery… however unlikely the evidence for this may be in reality.

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  • Hessdalenufo

    Most people may not know that it
    existed / exists a Nato base south of Hessdalen, Norway, at mount
    Hummelfjell (1543 m.). This was part of NATO’s control and warning
    system created during the Cold War and was manned until 1986. At the
    most, the base had nearly 100 employees.

    It was built huge
    underground plants in relation to these NATO bases.

    Can the UFO sightings in Hessdalen be due to secret
    experimentation with “exotic technology” under the
    control of NATO?

    In a series of posts on my blog,,
    I have tried to show how there are indications that the UFO
    phenomenon can be traced back to Nazi Germany and the second
    world war. Probably the technology was imported into the United
    States with German engineers and scientists through “operation
    paperclip” and then disappeard into various black

    It is not inconceivable
    that the United States – through NATO – (with help (?) of Norway) –
    would want to test this type of technology on Norwegian soil. Remote
    mountain areas like Hessdalen would be perfect for this

  • loose connection

    and before this the germans went to india, Nepal and Tibet to collect information about vimanas and nuclear devices which are described in mahabharata, so they could build their own saucers and bombs. This was later on stolen by americans and russians at the end of the war

  • J.Griffin

    the question is whether the Nazis generated this technology or whether it was
    handed down to them from another source.

    The claim has always been by the Vril Society that they,
    like New Agers today,
    were in communication with other beings from elsewhere.

    People really should stop trying to contact and interact with every
    being or entity that they can get in touch with-
    be that with channelling or SETI.

    Even people who don’t do it are fascinated with movies&tv shows
    that glorify it.

    It amazes me how dogmatic people are about evolution and then
    assume that more advanced societies or spirits would
    obviously be more benevolent and compassionate-
    why wouldn’t they be more ruthless&pragmatic instead?

    Whatever the story behind the story actually is-
    beware the power behind the power.

    These certainly are strange&dangerous times that we are living in.

    Assume nothing.