Wednesday, December 30, 2015

U.K. Army To Form A Special Unit That Will Be Dedicated To Saving Treasures From War-Zones

The Telegraph: Army sign up 'Monument Men' to save treasures from warzones

Army sign up 'Monument Men' to save treasures from warzones.

Expert team to travel to warzones to advise on how locating and saving cultural treasures in echoes of George Clooney film.

The Army aims to recruit a ‘Monuments Men’ team of art and archaeology experts to help protect priceless cultural treasures in war zones and choke off terrorist funding from antiquities smuggling.

The specialist unit of up 40 advisers will be staffed by expert reservists with backgrounds in museums, archaeology, the art world or criminal investigations, according to proposals seen by the Telegraph.

The cultural property protection unit will mirror the ‘Monuments Men’ team of British and American art experts who saved priceless European art treasures carried off by the Nazis and were portrayed in a recent George Clooney film.

WNU Editor: I know someone who served in such a unit for the South Korean Army during the Korean war. As he told me .... it was extremely dangerous. They were usually the last ones to leave a town/city before it became occupied by the enemy .... grabbing whatever valuables that they could get their hands on .... literally minutes before the enemy shows up.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I would imagine they must be anticipating for something big if forming a unit like this will be needed...