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Lost Gold of World War II

Lost Gold of World War II

  • Premiered: 
    March 19, 2019
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  • Network: History
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Adventure
  • Tags: gold

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Plot Synopsis

LOST GOLD OF WORLD WAR II is a one-hour docuseries that follows a team of Americans attempting to solve one of the great mysteries of World War II. In 1945, as Allied forces closed in, Japanese troops commanded by the notorious Japanese General Yamashita allegedly buried a fortune in treasure in the Philippines. It's believed the treasure included gold, jewels, and priceless artifacts stolen from many nations. Now, a team of Americans follows the lead of an eyewitness who says he saw Yamashita's forces bury countless boxes in tunnels, sealed with explosives, and riddled with booby-traps. The team must decipher a bizarre code believed to be left by a secret society, as a means to avoid the traps and recover the treasure. With the help of an eyewitness, they explore the mountain. Digging continues at Breach-6, but when the team unearths a possible water trap, excavation is put on hold. To find another way into the mountain, the team conducts a LiDAR scan that reveals a cave, perhaps used by Japanese soldiers during the war. Then, after discovering a bomb marker, the team brings in an explosives expert to search a cave that may have been a headquarters of General Yamashita during the war. Inside, they uncover a potential booby trap, along with their first hint of treasure.

On Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 10pm ET/PT, History Channel premiered the second season of LOST GOLD OF WORLD WAR II at 10pm ET/PT. In the season opener, "A Dying Declaration," American treasure hunter John Casey returns to the Philippines with a new team and new technology, in a continued effort to solve one of the greatest mysteries of World War II. It's all hands on deck, when an advanced satellite scan of the mountain reveals massive metal deposits underground. Based on these results, the team targets three sites believed to be the access points to Yamashita's gold: a waterfall, a crater known as 'Breach 6', and a camouflaged tunnel they uncovered last year.
On Tuesday, June 16, 2020 from 9-11pm ET/PT, History Channel premiered the two-hour Season 2 finale of LOST GOLD OF WORLD WAR II:

"Dead Ends and New Beginnings" (9pm): When a dead end in the tunnel threatens to close the door on exploration, a back door opens. Using their recently decoded Golden Lily map, the team discovers new access points, hoping to get under the waterfall by any means necessary. Bingo uncovers new possible Yamashita treasure sites beyond the mountain.

"The Breakthrough" (10pm): Then, the team finally reaches the void space under the waterfall, giving them a glimpse of what lies inside. But excitement is short lived when unexpected visitors get in the way. Meanwhile, the team investigates leads for other possible Yamashita treasure sites throughout the Philippines, uncovering evidence that any one of their 25 new treasure maps could lead them to the Lost Gold of WWII.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by AMPLE


  • - Philippines