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Fantastic issue reporting the "Battle of Los Angeles"...



Item # 607840

February 25, 1942

LOS ANGELES TIMES--EXTRA! Feb. 25, 1942  Simply a fantastic report on what is known as the "Battle of Los Angeles". The front page has one of the more dramatic, screaming headlines to be found: "L.A. AREA RAIDED ! " with a smaller head noting: "Jap Planes Peril Santa Monica, Seal Beach, El Segundo, Redondo, Long Beach, Hermosa, Signal Hill". The report begins: "Roaring out of a brilliant moonlit western sky, foreign aircraft flying both in large formation and single, few over Southern California early today and drew heavy barrages of anti-aircraft fire--the first ever to sound over United States continental soil against an enemy invader..." (see).
This event was a curious incident of World War II, the result of a rumored attack by the Japanese upon the coast of California. It was ultimately a false alarm attributed to a case of "war nerves" likely triggered by a lost weather balloon and exacerbated by stray flares and shell bursts from adjoining batteries.
Paginated as page 1, then A, B, 2-22, and then 1-10. Never bound nor trimmed and in very nice, clean condition with some margin wear to inside leaves. Certainly no better newspaper could be had to report this event in more dramatic fashion, and an extreme rarity. This is the first of this issue I have seen in 38 years.

Category: World War II

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