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WWII Tank and anti-aircraft gun found hidden in a German Basement

Ian Smith

German police have found an arsenal of World War II-era weaponry while searching the house of an elderly man in the outskirts of Kiel.

The pensioner, in his 70s, had been keeping a number of guns and tanks in his home, including a 45-ton Panther battle-tank, a torpedo and a 3.5in anti-aircraft gun from the war.

Police had been alerted to the threat by Berlin prosecutors who had searched the home in Heikendorf for stolen Nazi art a few weeks earlier. Daily News Reports

panther-tank_3363684bCourtesy: EPA

It took police and the German army several hours to remove the tank from the man’s storage unit, with a large crowd gathering to watch the slow process.

Kiel prosecutor Birgit Hess said the collector is being investigated for possibly violating German weapons laws.

However, the pensioner’s attorney Peter Gramsch told a local news agency that all the items had been properly demilitarized and registered.

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