Sometime during the early stages of World War II, miners at the town of Mittelburg in the Kyffhäuser Mountains discovered the hilt of the legendary sword that once belonged to the holy Emperor Frederick Barbarossa. Klaus Fischer, an aspiring scientist and researcher, used his connections in the Nazi party to contact the Ahenenerbe to the town of Mittelburg. Not long after, the Ahnenerbe arrived with the goal of obtaining the hilt and delivering it to Hitler's personal collection of artifacts.
When the Ahnenerbe was unable to remove the hilt from its resting place, they requested Doctor Peter Straub and his men's division, along with Heinz Richter, to come to the town to investigate, discovering the hilt is protected by a magnetic force. Upon arriving, Straub immediately had the Ahnenerbe put the town on lockdown.