As the sign behind these boys reads:
The Iwo Jima Press Club, photographers and journalist only.
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the M3 tank in production.
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Battle of Los Angeles, February 25 1942
At 2:43AM on February 25th 1942, US radar had contact with what believed was an incoming enemy aircraft over the city of Los Angeles. Nearly three months after the Japanese’s attack on Pearl Harbor, the city believed themselves were under attack by invading Japanese forces and the city was ordered into a black out and thousands were put into position for readiness.
At 3:16AM, the 37th Coast Artillery Brigade began firing their 12lb anti-aircraft shells into the LA air at the reported enemy aircraft. In all, over 1400 shells would eventually be fired into the air until 4:14AM. The live anti-aircraft fire resulted in friendly fire damage to near by buildings, the immediate death of three civilians by flak while three other civilians deaths were attributed to stress induced heart attacks brought on by the hour bombardment.
In the 1980s the US military would attribute this event to a lost weather balloon and green soldiers. This event would later go on to inspire the 2010 film, Battle: Los Angeles.
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