Noted film critic Roger Ebert panned Battle: Los Angeles in a lengthy review, calling the movie "noisy, violent, ugly and stupid", giving the film a mere half star rating. The unknown alien species are a caste-based species who launched a surprise planet-wide invasion on Earth, most likely motivated by a need for a new home or a colony. The City received 3,200 Moderna vaccines for its initial distribution for first respondersLOS ANGELES — Los Angeles firefighters and paramedics became the City’s first frontline workers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine today — part of the supply of 3,200 Moderna doses to be administered in this initial phase of vaccinations. As for Hawaii, let's just pretend they either sneak around that or they're launching a simultaneous assault there, whatever you fancy; this focuses on mainland California. The … Henry B. Ayers, 63-year-old state guardsman, died at the wheel of an ammunition truck during the black-out. No bombs were dropped and no airplanes shot down and, miraculously in terms of the tons of missiles hurled aloft, only two persons were reported wounded by falling shell fragments. The battle of la is something that always fascinated me. The u/BattleofLosAngeles community on Reddit. Eltermann described the searchlight as being 5 ft in diameter and with a divergence of about 1.25 degrees or about 20 milliradians. The northwest sky was lit up with bursting shells and searchlights. at the convergence of the beams. It appeared to be a very bright orb of light. Press J to jump to the feed. The craft were not identified. Battle Los Angeles and 6 more... 0 likes A few months ago View 9 movies Britt_Aero @brittmmeyer. Mathematically, Japan’s results will have to depend on the size of army they can deliver as well as their ability to continue to supply ammunition, other provisions, and manpower replacements. 14 And no wonder, since Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. Battle: L.A. had a fantastic trailer!!! As such, even with a Hawaiian occupation (which is costly) Japan would need to denude other regions of both land and naval power if they’re going to assault the west coast. The exposure could have been several seconds. The story of the Battle of Los Angeles near the start of WWII as told by newspapers and witnesses from several sources follows the photo analysis. (See BEYOND EARTH: MAN’S CONTACT WITH UFOs by Ralph Blum, 1974, page 68. “Cities in the Los Angeles area were blacked out at 2:25 a.m. today on orders from the fourth interceptor command when unidentified aircraft were reported in the area,” the western defense command said.“Although reports are conflicting and every effort is being made to ascertain the facts, it is clear that no bombs were dropped and no planes were shot down.”“There was a considerable amount of anti-aircraft firing. Up to 25 silvery UFOs were also seen by observers on the ground. What would happen? I was quite the aviation buff back then, as I am now, but I must admit that I had a devil of a time trying to identify the objects, what with the awe, excitement and speculation of the moment, the bursting shells, tracers, etc. The spectacular anti-aircraft barrage came after the 14th Interceptor Command ordered the blackout when strange craft were reported over the coastline. Yeah, these questions sound hella sarcastic but that's the point. I did not see any planes but the younger men with me said they could. LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A new, more contagious variant of COVID-19 that was first detected in the United Kingdom has been identified in Southern California, officials announced Wednesday. Rumors of Planes Downed SpikedPolice ran down several reports that planes had been shot down, but said all were false alarms. The action was moving south along the coastline. Aaron Donald of … H.C. writes:I’m a WWII veteran. In January 1942 US forces engaged an unidentified flying object above Los Angeles. And even if it was a weather balloon. A Japanese vegetable man, John Y. Harada, 25, was one of three persons arrested on charges of violating a county black ordinance. A day prior, on February 23, 1942, Japanese submarine I-17 shelled an oil refinery near Santa Barbara. He said they were silver in color. - Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox said today that there were no planes over Los Angeles last night. It was after three in the morning. No bombs were dropped and no planes were shot down during the anti-aircraft firing in the Los Angeles area, the western defense command said in San Francisco. It’s unlikely they are able to bring the size force necessary to both resist an American counterattack on land as well as the predictable culling of their supply ships by American submarines and surface vessels. and that this is a time exposure because, the light beams show upthere are quite a few “explosions” (I presume) which probably did not happen all at once. The blackout was not without its casualties, however. Please contact the moderators of this subreddit if you have any questions or concerns. The beams are quite bright before they reach the “object” and zero or nearly zero afterward. IF there were smoke within any beam it should cause an increase in scattered light where there is smoke (which is how we see the beams anyway... light bounced or scattered from dust or smoke particles in the air). A newspaper man at San Pedro said airplanes passed over the Los Angeles-Long Beach harbor area. Consider the beam at the right side of the photo. The whole incident last, at least from our perspective, lasted about half an hour, though we didn’t time it. Powerful searchlights from countless stations stabbed the sky with brilliant probing fingers while anti-aircraft batteries dotted the heavens with beautiful, if sinister, orange bursts of shrapnel. Sheriff’s Capt. The racket was terrific.”. He added that “ none have been found and a very wide reconnaissance has been carried on.”. The fact that the beams basically do not get past the “object” (there is some faint evidence of beams above the object), whatever was at the beam convergence must have been optically quite dense. The all-clear signal came at 7:25 a.m.”. The public’s or the Army’s?”. “Searchlights scanned the skies and anti-aircraft guns protecting the vital aircraft and ship-building factories went into action. City Blacked Out For HoursThe city was blacked out from 2:25 to 7:21 am after an earlier yellow alert at 7:18 pm was called off at 10:23 pm. If the slant angle of the beam was less than 30 degrees then the calculated sizes would have been larger. Who had such technology and resources to create such an indestructible atmospheric scanning device ? I found a research article by Dr. Louis Eltermann that reports research in the latter 1940’s in which he used an army searchlight to probe the upper atmosphere in order to determine the vertical distribution of dust in the atmosphere. We thus had a grandstand seat. Unless they’d also occupied and invested Hawaii as an army depot and naval base, the west coast would be a fantasy. This is a discussion of the photographic print obtained by Frank Warren which was made from the original negative. Firing, first heard at 3 a.m., ceased suddenly at 3:30 a.m., after the object disappeared south of Signal Hill, at the east edge of Long Beach. When brightness reduction and increasing contrast were applied it reveals what appears to be a winged angel of light. Also, just to clarify, they don't attack Oregon, Washington, mainland Alaska, and the Canadian province of British Columbia. Without more solid information to go on this has to be no more than a WAG (wild...rear-end... guess) (but I bet its close to right! Searchlights probed the western sky. Los Angeles doused its lights first, at 2:25 a.m.. San Diego, just 17 miles from the border did not receive its lights out order until 3:05 a.m. With Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Ramon Rodriguez. This is awesome I hope we get more posts like these. LeBron Gets 28, Lakers Hold Off Bulls 117-115 Without DavisLeBron James had 28 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, and the Los Angeles … I’m reading through it all now, One of my favorite events! Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. I'm talking an invasion fleet shelling the coastline as troops land from San Jose to Long Beach. Anti-Aircraft Guns Open FireMoments later the anti-aircraft guns opened up, throwing a sheet of steel skyward. Conversely, if the slant angle was greater the calculated sizes would have been smaller. Three Japanese, two men and a woman, were seized at the beach city of Venice on suspicion of signaling with flashlights near the pier. ), ANTI-AIRCRAFT GUNS BLAST AT L.A. MYSTERY INVADERRaid Scare Blacks Out Southland, but Knox Claims ‘False Alarm’, Glendale News PressWednesday, Feb. 25, 1942. Anti-aircraft fire was so heavy we could not hear the motors of the planes.”. Although some watchers said they saw airplanes in the air, semi-official sources said they probably were the United States Army’s pursuits. **, Looks like you're using new Reddit on an old browser. Others held on similar charges were Walter E. Van Der Linden, Norwalk dairy man, accused of failing to darken his milking barns, and Giovanni Ghigo, 57, nabbed while driving to market with a truckload of flowers. Army Gunners Fire At UFOs Over Los AngelesCourtesy UFO ROUNDUPVolume 3, Number 8February 22, 1998Editor Joseph TrainorOn Wednesday, February 25, 1942, at precisely 2 a.m., diners at the trendy Trocadero Club in Hollywood were startled when the lights winked out and air raid sirens began to sound throughout greater Los Angeles. There was a period of silence following that, then the thumping of antiaircraft fire. Editor Peter Jenkins of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner reported, “I could clearly see the V formation of about 25 silvery planes overhead moving slowly across the sky toward Long Beach.”. Remember, this was less than three months after Pearl Harbor. Thousand of southern Californians were an hour or more late to their jobs. Kiddies and even grown-ups scrambled through the streets and vacant lots, picking up and proudly comparing chunks of shrapnel fragments as if they were the most prized possession they owned. An unidentified object moving slowly down the coast from Santa Monica was variously reported as a balloon and an airplane. All newspaper quotes taken from “The Battle of Los Angeles, 1942” by Terrenz Sword, which appeared in Unsolved UFO Sightings, Spring 1996 issue, pages 57 through 62.) Directed by Mark Atkins. There were no reports of dropping bombs, but several instances of damaged property from anti-aircraft shells. Hpw could a weather balloon hold up to all that artillery?? I was an eye-witness to the events of that unforgettable February morning in February of 1942. We need more posts like these in this thread.... Wow! Above all else, we respect everyone's opinions and ALL religious beliefs and creeds. Anti-aircraft guns thundered over the metropolitan area early today for the first time in the war, but hours later what they were shooting at remained a military secret. The air raid sirens awoke us at 2 AM. We only saw one object, not several as some witnesses later reported. LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald was selected unanimously to the NFL All-Pro team, the league announced Friday. Several different versions are presented in an effort to understand the nature of the “object” (dense smoke? Also, http://brumac.8k.com/WhiteSandsProof/WhiteSandsProof.html]. However, I would guess that the f-stop was low (lens “wide open”; f/2 or 3?) If this were so, then the beam diameter at that height would have been about 165 ft and the horizontal width of the object would have been about 330 ft. Los Angeles firefighters battle a suspected arson fire on Dec. 19, 2020, at a church at 9165 Woodman Ave. in Panorama City, one of five fires they fought that night at … Directed by Jonathan Liebesman. A few days later, on February 23 — the night before the “Battle of Los Angeles” — a Japanese submarine opened fire on the Ellwood oilfield near Santa Barbara, California. Like other kids in the neighborhood, I spend the next morning picking up of pieces of shrapnel on the beach; indeed, it’s a wonder more people weren’t injured by the stuff, as we were far from the only folks standing outside watching the action.In any case, I don’t recall seeing any truly discernable configuration, just a small, glowing, slight lozenge-shaped blob light-a single, blob, BTW. We then went to our south-facing kitchen and porch windows to observe the action where it culminated in the south. ), (NOTE: if you found this photo-analysis interesting you may want to check out the analyses of other photo cases at http://brumac.8k.com. This requires knowing what portion of the city the object was over, where the cameraman was, and the altitude of the “object.” An alternative method is to estimate the diameter of a spotlight beam at some distance from the spotlight and use that width as a reference size. I don’t know the film speed or the f stop of the camera. I remember distinctly the convergence of searchlights reflecting off the bottom of some kind of slow moving objects, apparently flying in formation. These sources said inability to obtain fire proof helium caused discarding of such plans. All the action, clearly spotlighted for ground observers by 20 or so searchlights, was just a few miles west of Los Angeles proper. Welcome to HistoryWhatIf! Reporter Bill Henry of the Los Angeles Times wrote, “I was far enough away to see an object without being able to identify it...I would be willing to bet what shekels I have that there were a number of direct hits scored on the object.”. Then, several minutes shy of passing into the city of Santa Monica's air space and the path of the waiting anti-aircraft guns, the object vanished. Not Yet Seen . Great read. I was surprised in the days that followed to discover that with all that aggressive firepower there was no evidence that we had brought anything down.I lived on Virginia Road, a half block south of West Adams Boulevard and one-quarter mile south of what is now the Interstate 10 Santa Monica Freeway; about 5.5 miles southwest of what is now the Los Angeles Civic Center; and approximately 10.5 miles due east of the Pacific coastline of Santa Monica.We were looking in a westward direction from our large living room bay window which gave us an unobstructed panorama of view facing the northwest, west and southwest. As it was, attacking Hawaii was already at the extreme limit of Japanese logistics. The Battle of Los Angeles tournament (the BOLA) is an annual independent wrestling tournament in North America, run and promoted by Pro Wrestling Guerrilla.Over the years, the tournament has featured numerous notable wrestlers such as A.J. LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A fire erupted at a home in the Hollywood Hills early Friday morning. The Angeles, Cleveland, San Bernardino and Los Padres National Forest is one of 12 national forests statewide whose campgrounds will remain closed. Hence the horizontal width of the beam, W, (not perpendicular to the beam axis) would be W = D/sin (angle of elevation) = D/sin(30) = 2D for the assumed 30 degree elevation angle. But I strongly remember the searchlights converging on the bottoms of the reddish objects flying in formation. At 2:21 a.m., Lt. Gen. John L. DeWitt issued the cease-fire order, and the twenty-minute “battle of Los Angeles” was over. The blobs of light which show at apex of beam angles were made by anti-aircraft shells.”. Damn what a great post! It protrudes upward at some angle, probably not the angle in the photo. There were isolated incidences of failure to comply with black-out regulations. A few minutes later they were treated to a gigantic Fourth-of-July-like display as huge searchlights flashed along a 10-mile front to the south, converging on a single spot high in the sky. How large is the “object”? Many used the L.A. Times doctored photo as proof, along with the fact that the floating object had appeared immune to gunfire. If we knew the distance of the camera from the beam convergence and the focal length of the camera we could calculate the approximate size. It headed inland over Redondo Beach, a couple of miles to the south of our vantage point, and eventually disappeared over the eastern end of the Palos Verdes hills, what’s today called Rancho Palos Verdes. Would the U.S. military be able to repel the attack? The blackout was in effect from here to the Mexican border and inland to the San Joaquin Valley. Later however, another official said no United States craft had taken off because of possible danger from the army’s own anti-aircraft fire. My father had been a balloon observation man (in the AEF) in World War One, and he knew big guns when he heard them. Given the American ability to move ships through the Panama Canal as well as the naval bases on the west coast, Japan will be facing an enemy on their home turf who can replenish a navy and keep them working more or less indefinitely. The Battle of Los Angeles is the third studio album by American rock band Rage Against the Machine, released on November 2, 1999 by Epic Records.The album was nominated at the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album, and was recognized by both Time and Rolling Stone magazines as the best album of 1999. solid body?) Unidentified Planes Pass Over HarborAN official source which declined to be quoted directly told The Associated Press in Los Angeles that United States Army Planes quickly went into action. Rule 2 does not apply when replying to this stickied comment. Hence if the object were 1000 ft from the projection lens it was about 2 x 25 = 50 ft wide. However, certainly a solid metallic object would be sufficient to block the beams. ), THE STORY, AS REPORTED IN VARIOUS SOURCES. Thank you for putting so much effort into this post. Countless thousands of Southland residents, many of whom were late to work because of the traffic tie-up during the blackout, rubbed their eyes sleepily yesterday and agreed that regardless of the question of how “real” the air raid alarm may have been, it was “a great show” and “well worth losing a few hours’ sleep.”. Neon signs were glowing inside stores. In Los Angeles, 3,000 first- and second-generation Japanese residents of a fishing village on Terminal Island were the first West Coasters taken into custody. In the next few hours they would fire over 1,400 shells at an unidentified, slow- moving object in the sky over Los Angeles that looked like a blimp, or a balloon.”, Author Ralph Blum, who was a nine-year-old boy at the time, wrote that he thought “the Japanese were bombing Beverly Hills.”, “There were sirens, searchlights, even antiaircraft guns blamming away into the skies over Los Angeles. There were no reports of any attempt to bomb southern California from the air although many war-vital factories, shipyards and other defense industries were on the route the object followed. (CBSLA) The blaze broke out at … Suppose the elevation angle were 30 degrees. Wailing air raid sirens at 2:25 a.m. awakened most of the metropolitan’s three million citizens. Army intelligence, although uncommunicative, scoffed at reports of civilian observers that as many as 200 planes were over the area. The Battle of Los Angeles was an incident on February 24-25, 1942 where a stray weather balloon or alien ship depending on how you view things was misidentified as a Japanese aircraft. This means that the diameter at a distance d from the mirror would be about D = 5’+0.02d. Anti-aircraft guns fired steadily for two minute periods, were silent for about 45 seconds, and continued that routine for nearly a half an hour. A State Guardsman died of a heart attack while driving an ammunition truck, heart failure also accounted for the death of an air raid warden on duty, a woman was killed in a car-truck collision in Arcadia, and a Long Beach policeman was killed in a traffic crash enroute to duty. “In view of the considerable public excitement and confusion caused by yesterday morning’s supposed enemy air raid over this area and its spectacular official accompaniments, it seems to The Times that more specific public information should be forthcoming from government sources on the subject, if only to clarify their own conflicting statements about it.”“According to the Associated Press, Secretary Knox intimated that reports of enemy air activity in the Pacific Coastal Region might be due largely to ‘jittery nerves.’ Whose nerves, Mr. Knox? Tracers streamed upward. Today’s vaccinations were administered at Fire Just thought I’d let you know that I was an eyewitness to the event back in February of 1942. Ergo, the action followed the coastline.It could have been two, or three, or up to six miles away, I can’t recall exactly since it occurred so long ago. Much of the firing appeared to come from the vicinity of aircraft plants along the coastal area of Santa Monica, Inglewood, Southwest Los Angeles, and Long Beach. It’s likely that the regulars and Marines (especially armored units) do the bulk of the offensive work. Jan. 8, 2020. A Santa Monica bomb squad was dispatched to remove an unexploded anti-aircraft shell in a driveway there. They were removed to FBI headquarters, where Richard B. Object Disappears Over Signal HillObservers said the object appeared to be 8000 ft or higher. I’d expect a mixed force of regular Army, Marines, National Guard, and Reserves to be assembled with the intent of denying the Japanese the ability to move, although destroying them will depend on resource availability and equipment. That is, the variations are consistent with each beam getting dimmer as it travels away from the searchlight. The Battle of Los Angeles was an incident on February 24-25, 1942 where a stray weather balloon or alien ship depending on how you view things was misidentified as a Japanese aircraft. As early as the 1970s, the idea that an extraterrestrial invasion was responsible for setting off the Battle of Los Angeles began to circulate in the UFO community. Aircraft factories continued operation behind blackened windows, while ack-ack guns rattled from batteries stationed near-by. By using our Services or clicking I agree, you agree to our use of cookies. It is claimed to be one of the few "unexplained" UFO phenomena. Ernest Sichler said Harada, driving to the market with a load of cauliflower, refused to extinguish his truck lights. Traffic signals continued to flash in some areas. http://brumac.8k.com/WhiteSandsProof/WhiteSandsProof.html, The Battle of Los Angeles, 1942” by Terrenz Sword. This is typically 1, but they may have pushed the film to a higher gamma to get faint images. Based on the above calculations, and realizing that a much better estimate could be made if we had more accurate information on the spotlights, camera, etc., I would hazard a guess that the width of the illuminated “object” is on the order of 100 ft or more in size. Styles, Christopher Daniels, Bryan Danielson and Kenny Omega World War II's Bizarre 'Battle of Los Angeles' On February 25, 1942, an infamous false alarm saw American military units unleash a torrent of anti-aircraft fire in the skies over Los Angeles… The US didn’t land a force in North Africa until late 1942, and most resources destined for the Pacific will already be assembled on the west coast. Cookies help us deliver our Services. This picture was taken during blackout; shows nine beams converging on an object in sky in Culver City area. Would it even be feasible to begin with? Quantum Of Solace 2008 Movie . The Battle of Los Angeles, also known as the Great Los Angeles Air Raid, is the name given by contemporary sources to a rumored attack on the mainland United States by Japan and the subsequent anti-aircraft artillery barrage which took place from late 24 February to early 25 February 1942, over Los Angeles, California. Though he praised Aaron Eckhart's performance, Ebert heavily criticized the film's writing, effects designs, camerawork and editing. The species was considered by the humans to be incredibly intelligent. Aaron Eckhart, who played Staff Sergeant Michael Nantz in the film, has talked about the possibility of a sequel, however.. Interview 1 [edit | edit source]. Long Beach Police Chief J.H. But what if, on the night of February 24, it wasn't a weather balloon, it was a Japanese reconnaissance plane, and Japanese troops actually landed in California shortly after? We hope to challenge issues which have captured the public’s imagination, from JFK and UFOs to 9/11. Respect other views and opinions, and keep an open mind. There are variations, but they are uniform and agree with the distance (from the searchlight) and width of the beam. “That’s our understanding,” he said. The following are excerpts from the primary front page story of the LA Times on February 26th. See also the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner and the Long Beach Press-Telegram for February 25, 1942. There was speculation, that the unidentified object, might have been a blimp-although veteran lighter-then-air-experts in Akron, O., the nations center of such construction, said Japan was believed to have lost interest in such craft following experiments in World War I. The Battle: Los Angeles sequel is a rumored sequel to the 2011 film Battle: Los Angeles.Although the first film's ending makes the possibilities of a sequel neverending, nothing is official yet. A Long Beach police sergeant, E. Larsen 59, was killed in a traffic accident while in route to an air raid post. What fabric and metals in the 40's was developed to tank several hundred-thousands of rounds of AA gun fire repeatedly and not be downed ? It is theorized that they are invading for Earth's liquid water. They seemed to be completely oblivious and impervious to the shells exploding around them. McClelland said, “I watched what was described as the second wave of planes from atop the seven-story Long Beach City Hall. As for the land response, it will amount to a reallocation of resources. I am a bot, and this action was performed automatically. What this means: Please keep any "meta" discussion directed at specific users, mods, or r/conspiracy in general in this comment chain only. 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