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Incredible relics of long lost battles contain secrets and tragedies of bygone wars

TAKEN at the bottom of the world’s oceans these incredible images show how saltwater and father time have taken their toll on some of the world’s most fearsome military machines.

Thousands of planes, ships, tanks and even motorbikes are scattered on the sands of the world’s deepest waters –  a result of centuries of global warfare.

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The wreckage of a B-17 Flying Fortress which crashed in World War II now lays in the waters off Croatia

The main reason why these watery graves are still intact is because they are protected from dodgy divers under the global Sunken Military Craft Act.

And they definitely need safeguarding from the crooks as even rusty steel currently fetches more than £100 a tonne on the international black market.

A recovered destroyer could easily land a crew of underwater looters a hefty profit of £100,000 – and also some serious jail time.

One site alone –  called ‘Million Dollar Point’ in the Pacific Ocean –  is a treasure trove of US military equipment which was dumped  following the war.

 This mighty military vehicle nicknamed 'King Abdullah's tank' can be found at Aqaba, Jordan

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This mighty military vehicle nicknamed ‘King Abdullah’s tank’ can be found at Aqaba, Jordan
 A free diver mimics a sunken WWII DC-3 aircraft downed off the coast of Turkey

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A free diver mimics a sunken WWII DC-3 aircraft downed off the coast of Turkey
 A Norton motorcycle found inside a scuppered Royal Navy ship in the Egyptian Red Sea

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A Norton motorcycle found inside a scuppered Royal Navy ship in the Egyptian Red Sea
 A pair of divers explore the wreck of the Giannis D near Abu Nuhas reef in Egypt

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A pair of divers explore the wreck of the Giannis D near Abu Nuhas reef in Egypt
 A Japanese WWII tank lies in the murky waters of Makada harbour in Papua New Guinea

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A Japanese WWII tank lies in the murky waters of Makada harbour in Papua New Guinea
 A fish makes it home on the wreckage of a British WWII merchant ship found in the Red SEa

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A fish makes it home on the wreckage of a British WWII merchant ship found in the Red SEa
 An abandoned war plane found off of the coast of Roi-Namur, Marshall Islands

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An abandoned war plane found off of the coast of Roi-Namur, Marshall Islands
 Coral has completely taken over this abandoned warplane

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Coral has completely taken over this abandoned warplane
 Part of the German pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee (R), sunk in River Plate, Argentina

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Part of the German pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee (R), sunk in River Plate, Argentina
 Children play on the wreckage of a WWII Japanese flying boat in Papua New Guinea

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Children play on the wreckage of a WWII Japanese flying boat in Papua New Guinea
 A twin-engined Dornier 17 German wartime bomber discovered on a sandbank off Deal, Kent

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A twin-engined Dornier 17 German wartime bomber discovered on a sandbank off Deal, Kent
 The wreck of a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber which crashed in Croatian waters

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The wreck of a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber which crashed in Croatian waters
 A scuba diver with a downed American plane found off the coast of Roi-Namur, Marshall Islands

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A scuba diver with a downed American plane found off the coast of Roi-Namur, Marshall Islands
 A Japanese midget submarine sunk before the attack on Pearl Harbour

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A Japanese midget submarine sunk before the attack on Pearl Harbour
 Fish drift above a rusting vehicles in the hold of the SS Thistlegorm in Egypt

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Fish drift above a rusting vehicles in the hold of the SS Thistlegorm in Egypt
 A Grumman Hellcat fighter plane found near the Soloman Islands

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A Grumman Hellcat fighter plane found near the Soloman Islands
 A diver swims next to the wreck of a Dakota DC-3 in the waters of Kas, Turkey

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A diver swims next to the wreck of a Dakota DC-3 in the waters of Kas, Turkey
 Anti-aircraft gun mounted in position on the stern of a ship in the Red Sea

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Anti-aircraft gun mounted in position on the stern of a ship in the Red Sea
 The hull of a sunken WWII ship off the North West coast of Ireland

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The hull of a sunken WWII ship off the North West coast of Ireland
World War II shipwreck discovered at the bottom of a harbour in Sri Lanka 75 years after the vessel was sunk by Japanese bombers


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