We need more posts like these in this thread.... Wow! Though he praised Aaron Eckhart's performance, Ebert heavily criticized the film's writing, effects designs, camerawork and editing. Rule 2 does apply throughout the rest of this thread. Later however, another official said no United States craft had taken off because of possible danger from the army’s own anti-aircraft fire. Radio stations went off the air with the first alert, and were not permitted to resume broadcasting until 8:23 a.m. 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. There is a really good alternate history book series about a potential Japanese conquest of Hawaii. 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. Quantum Of Solace 2008 Movie . **, Looks like you're using new Reddit on an old browser. LeBron Gets 28, Lakers Hold Off Bulls 117-115 Without DavisLeBron James had 28 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, and the Los Angeles … When brightness reduction and increasing contrast were applied it reveals what appears to be a winged angel of light. (CBSLA) The blaze broke out at … Damn what a great post! 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 species was considered by the humans to be incredibly intelligent. Aircraft factories continued operation behind blackened windows, while ack-ack guns rattled from batteries stationed near-by. Consider the beam at the right side of the photo. I was 14 at the time, living in the Adams and Crenshaw area of Los Angeles. Rumors of Planes Downed SpikedPolice ran down several reports that planes had been shot down, but said all were false alarms. “SEEKING OUT OBJECT - Scores of searchlights built a wigwam of light beams over Los Angeles early yesterday morning during the alarm. There may well be information on the shape of the “object” which is not discernible from the print because apparently the exposure level of the “object” is quite high and so the image may be well into the range of brightness saturation of the print. In January 1942 US forces engaged an unidentified flying object above Los Angeles. A Long Beach police sergeant, E. Larsen 59, was killed in a traffic accident while in route to an air raid post. 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. Hpw could a weather balloon hold up to all that artillery?? The all-clear signal came at 7:25 a.m.”. Suppose the elevation angle were 30 degrees. By using our Services or clicking I agree, you agree to our use of cookies. The Angeles, Cleveland, San Bernardino and Los Padres National Forest is one of 12 national forests statewide whose campgrounds will remain closed. Anti-aircraft fire was so heavy we could not hear the motors of the planes.”. 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. My father had been a balloon observation man (in the AEF) in World War One, and he knew big guns when he heard them. With Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Ramon Rodriguez. “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? 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. More posts from the HistoryWhatIf community. This is awesome I hope we get more posts like these. All the action, clearly spotlighted for ground observers by 20 or so searchlights, was just a few miles west of Los Angeles proper. The battle of la is something that always fascinated me. 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. 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.”. 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. 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. I remember distinctly the convergence of searchlights reflecting off the bottom of some kind of slow moving objects, apparently flying in formation. If there was a lot of smoke swirling around the volume of air illuminated by the beams, I would expect to see variations in bream brightness (brighter where there was smoke). 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. We're here to explore alternate history scenarios in interesting ways. One presumes that this is what the actual negative looks like. Up to 25 silvery UFOs were also seen by observers on the ground. 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. The … I was an eye-witness to the events of that unforgettable February morning in February of 1942. Los Angeles comedian Joe Luna died last week from COVID-19, just days after being hospitalized and documenting his battle on social media. We thus had a grandstand seat. 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 … 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. Long Beach Police Chief J.H. While my father went about his air-raid warden duties, my late mother and I watched the glowing object, which was caught in the glare of searchlights from both Palos Verdes and Malibu/Pacific/Palisades and surrounded by the puffs of ineffectual anti-aircraft fire, as it slowly flew across the ocean from northwest to southeast. 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? 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. 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. Sheriff’s Capt. The (UFO) group passed along from one battery of searchlights to another, and under fire from the anti-aircraft guns, flew from the direction of Redondo Beach and Inglewood on the land side of Fort MacArthur, and continued toward Santa Ana and Huntington Beach. A Santa Monica bomb squad was dispatched to remove an unexploded anti-aircraft shell in a driveway there. Later on, we all expected “them,” that is, the Military, to tell us what was really up there after the war. Crews battle a Hollywood Hills house fire. 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. Who had such technology and resources to create such an indestructible atmospheric scanning device ? at the convergence of the beams. 32 TV shows 346 movies Law Abiding Citizen 2009 Movie . Neon signs were glowing inside stores. Always excellent content. Welcome to HistoryWhatIf! Today’s vaccinations were administered at Fire These sources said inability to obtain fire proof helium caused discarding of such plans. Awesome job man. 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. Rule 2 does not apply when replying to this stickied comment. ), (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. We only saw one object, not several as some witnesses later reported. We then went to our south-facing kitchen and porch windows to observe the action where it culminated in the south. IF this is so, i.e., if the print image is well saturated, no amount of analysis will “dig out” the totality of brightness information (variations in the high brightness levels) contained within the negative. Would the U.S. military be able to repel the attack? This is a discussion of the photographic print obtained by Frank Warren which was made from the original negative. Many used the L.A. Times doctored photo as proof, along with the fact that the floating object had appeared immune to gunfire. ** Days of Infamy by Harry Turtledove. It is theorized that they are invading for Earth's liquid water. I am a bot, and this action was performed automatically. Several different versions are presented in an effort to understand the nature of the “object” (dense smoke? The original footage was very difficult to see any details due to the brightness. Above all else, we respect everyone's opinions and ALL religious beliefs and creeds. 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. 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]. The recapture of Hawaii is probably the next major goal for the US. I was eight-years-old at the time, and my parents lived at 2500 Strand in Hermosa Beach, right on the beach. The action was moving south along the coastline. 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. Respect other views and opinions, and keep an open mind. He said they were silver in color. The Battle of Los Angeles - The TRUE STORY of the 1942 UFO incident over LA. And even if it was a weather balloon. The blobs of light which show at apex of beam angles were made by anti-aircraft shells.”. 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.”. 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. Relayed by the Southern California sector office in Pasadena, the second statement read:“The aircraft which caused the blackout in the Los Angeles area for several hours this a.m. have not been identified.”Insistence from official quarters that the alarm was real came as hundreds of thousands of citizens who heard and saw the activity spread countless varying stories of the episode. Yeah, these questions sound hella sarcastic but that's the point. Hood, local chief, said, “at the request of Army authorities we have nothing to say.”. The site may not work properly if you don't, If you do not update your browser, we suggest you visit, Press J to jump to the feed. If anyone has further information on this event, please contact me through this web site. 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