Battle of Los Angeles

Battle of LA

On February 26, 1942, 66 years ago today, an unprecedented event happened in Los Angeles, California. At 2:25 in the morning the citizens of the city of angels where jared awake by the sound of air raid sirens, a group of hostile aircraft were approaching the city from the West over the Pacific. Considering it was mere weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor the scene quickly became chaotic. The city went to black out, soldiers nervously took their positions on the anti-aircraft guns.

Unlike the attack on Pearl Harbor it turned out to be a single, large object, if there were others this was the only one caught in ground forces high powered searchlights. It seemed completely oblivious to the hundreds of AA shells bursting on and adjacent to it which caused it no apparent harm. There were casualties, however…on the ground. At least 6 people died as a direct result of the Army’s attack on the UFO which slowly and leisurely made its way down to and then over Long Beach before finally moving off and disappearing.

It was called “the Battle of LA”. Never heard of it? Not many people have.Imagine a visiting spacecraft from another world (or as I believe another dimension), hovering over a panicked and blacked-out L.A. in the middle of the night just weeks after Pearl Harbor at the height of WWII fear and paranoia. Imagine how this huge ship, assumed to be some unknown Japanese aircraft, was then attacked as it hung, nearly stationary, over Culver City and Santa Monica by dozens of Army anti-aircraft batteries firing nearly 2,000 rounds of 12 pound, high explosive shells in full view of hundreds of thousands of residents. Imagine all of that and you have an idea of what was the Battle of Los Angeles.

“It was just hovering there in the sky and hardly moving at all…It was a lovely pale orange and about the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen. I could see it perfectly because it was very close. It was big!” – Eyewitness 

Seems like science fiction, the strangest thing, is that it’s NOT…

What would we do if something similar happened over Montreal? Would we be able to respond accordingly? How would you react? What if I told you it MAY have happened already? Watch this. (Look for my comment as mightymouth925)

So should we be prepared for something like this happening again? Considering recent sightings in Texas and California it would be prudent to be prepared wouldn’t it? Well, guess what apparently some people are getting prepared…have a look at this:  Fire Officer’s Guide to Disaster Control, Second Edition (2003). In chapter 13 of that manual, entitled Enemy Attack and Potential, the steps to preparedness are spelled out. You can read it here.

If fire departments around North America are planning for it, should we be too??

LA Times Cover February 26, 1942

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One Response to Battle of Los Angeles

  1. […] you it was in the middle of WWII and we thought they were Japanese bombers attacking Los Angeles (look up Battle of L.A.). Despite that unfriendly reception, they’ve decided that they will try once again. […]

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