Battle of Los Angeles
Visiting Spacecraft from Another World
|Battle of Los Angeles
Los Angeles (Feb 24th-25th, 1942)
Imagine a visiting spacecraft from another world, or
dimension, hovering over a panicked and blacked-out LA in the middle of
the night just weeks after Pearl Harbor at the height of WWII fear and
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 addition to several buildings damaged by friendly fire, three civilians were killed by the anti-aircraft fire, and another three died of heart attacks attributed to the stress of the hour-long bombardment. The incident was front-page news along the U.S. Pacific coast, and earned some mass media coverage throughout the nation.
Five years before Roswell, five years before pilot
Kenneth Arnold's landmark sightings of "flying saucers" in the Pacific
Northwest, 3 years before the Battle of the Bulge, two years before
D-Day, and years before the so-called "modern UFO era" had officially
begun, there was the Battle of Los Angeles, arguably the most
sensational, dramatic UFO mass encounter on record.
Have you ever
heard of the Battle of Los Angeles?
Imagine a visiting
spacecraft from another world, or dimension, hovering over a panicked
and blacked-out LA 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
Imagine all of that and you have an idea of what was the
Battle of Los Angeles.
'On February 25th, 1942, U.S. Army observers reported unidentified aircraft both visually and on radar over the Los Angeles, California region. Antiaircraft artillery was fired at what was presumed to be Japanese planes.'
The sudden appearance of the enormous
round object triggered all of LA and most of Southern California into an
immediate wartime blackout with thousands of Air Raid Wardens scurrying
all over the darkened city while the drama unfolded in the skies
above... a drama which would result in the deaths of six people and the
raining of shell fragments on homes, streets, and buildings for miles
Dozens of gun crews and searchlights of the Army's 37th
Coast Artillery Brigade easily targeted the huge ship which hung like a
surreal magic lantern in the clear, dark winter sky over the City of the
Few in the city were left asleep after the Coastal Defense
gunners commenced firing hundreds and hundreds of rounds up toward the
glowing ship which was apparently first sighted as it hovered above such
west side landmarks as the MGM studios in Culver City.
The thump of the
batteries and the ignition of the aerial shells reverberated from one
end of LA to the other as the gun crews easily landed scores of what
many termed "direct hits"....all to no avail.
Within hours of the end of the air raid, Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox held a press conference, saying the entire incident was a false alarm due to anxiety and "war nerves".
Knox's comments were followed by statements from the Army the next day that reflected General George C. Marshall's belief that the incident might have been caused by commercial airplanes used as a psychological warfare campaign to generate panic.
Some contemporary press outlets suspected a cover up. An editorial in the Long Beach Independent wrote, "There is a mysterious reticence about the whole affair and it appears that some form of censorship is trying to halt discussion on the matter."
Speculation was rampant as to invading airplanes and their bases. Theories included a secret base in northern Mexico as well as Japanese submarines stationed offshore with the capability of carrying planes.
Others speculated that the incident was either staged or exaggerated to give coastal defense industries an excuse to move further inland.
Representative Leland Ford of Santa Monica called for a Congressional investigation, saying, "...none of the explanations so far offered removed the episode from the category of 'complete mystification' ... this was either a practice raid, or a raid to throw a scare into 2,000,000 people, or a mistaken identity raid, or a raid to lay a political foundation to take away Southern California's war industries."
Battle: Los Angeles Trailer (2011)
Battle: Los Angeles (also known as World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles outside the U.S. and as Battle: LA) is an upcoming 2011 action science fiction film directed by Jonathan Liebesman, and starring Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Michael Peña, Ne-Yo, and Bridget Moynahan.
Planned for release in March 2011, the film is set in modern day Los Angeles and follows a platoon of Marines and Airmen during a global alien invasion. The events of the film are inspired by The Battle of Los Angeles, a falsely suspected air raid of Los Angeles that took place during World War II.
For years, there have been documented cases of UFO sightings around the world - Buenos Aires, Seoul, France, Germany, China. But in 2011, what were once just sightings will become a terrifying reality when Earth is attacked by unknown forces.
As people everywhere watch the world's great cities fall, Los Angeles becomes the last stand for mankind in a battle no one expected. It's up to a Marine staff sergeant (Aaron Eckhart) and his new platoon to draw a line in the sand as they take on an enemy unlike any they've ever encountered before.