Huge haul of 1,400 guns and 1,200 swords from WWII found under school

Huge haul of 1,400 guns and 1,200 swords from WWII are found buried under a school in Tokyo

  • Construction workers found weapons last month at Tanashi Elementary School 
  • Weapons included 1,400 firearms, 1,200 swords, 8 grenades and 302 bullets
  • It is believed the weapons were discarded after Japan surrendered in 1945 

A huge haul of 1,400 guns and 1,200 swords from WWII has been found buried under a school in Tokyo.

Construction workers found the weapons last month when they excavated the grounds of Tanashi Elementary School in Nishitokyo to build a new storehouse.

The swords and guns were found alongside eight grenades and 302 bullets.

A huge haul of 1,400 guns and 1,200 swords from WWII has been found buried under a school in Tokyo. Pictured: The guns buried

Construction workers found the weapons last month when they excavated the grounds of Tanashi Elementary School in Nishitokyo to build a new storehouse

‘We were totally surprised to be informed about the discovery,’ said Masaki Fujisawa, a city official.

‘The items are all rusted away and nothing can be used anymore.’

‘I suspect they were buried during or after the war but we will investigate the case.’ 


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It is believed the weapons were discarded after Japan surrendered in 1945.

Unexploded bombs and weapons are still occasionally found in Japan more than 70 years after the conflict ended. 

Unexploded bombs and weapons are still occasionally found in Japan more than 70 years after the conflict ended. Pictured: The haul

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