The world’s biggest grave robbery: Asia’s disappearing WWII shipwrecks

Dozens of warships believed to contain the remains of thousands of British, American, Australian, Dutch and Japanese servicemen from the second world war have been illegally ripped apart by salvage divers, the Guardian can reveal.

An analysis of ships discovered by wreck divers and naval historians has found that up to 40 second world war-era vessels have already been partially or completely destroyed. Their hulls might have contained the corpses of 4,500 crew.

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  • Disgraceful.

  • Lightstream

    Typical Asian mentality. They don’t care about anything except money.

    • Exile1981

      most have been pillaged by malaysian or pakistani scrap dealers.

      Given the way the world steel market works your car likely has metal in it from one of those wrecks.

  • Drunk by Noon ✓

    This is a curious case and not at alll what it seems.
    They aren’t after just scrap and corroded steel, they want the only pre atomic stuff that sells for astronomical prices in the scientific arena.
    Blame the Chinese ultimately.

  • canminuteman

    I have a hard time getting upset about this. The dead are long gone from those sites. If someone wants to salvage the metal let them. Look at all the tanks and aircraft that where destroyed, they were all salvaged and this isn’t really that different.

  • simus1

    Typical Guardian nonsense.
    They are a bit early for their usual Rememberance Day knife twisting.