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Japanese attack California...

Item # 609191

February 24, 1942

LOS ANGELES TIMES--EXTRA, California, Feb. 24, 1942  The bold & dramatic headline proclaims: "SUB ATTACKS SOUTHLAND ! " with a smaller head: "Japs Shell Oil Field Near Santa Barbara" with other related subheads (see).
This brief yet very historic shelling only caused minor damage to the oil field—a pump house and a single oil derrick were destroyed—but its implications were severe. The bombardment at Ellwood was the first shelling of the mainland United States during World War II, and it sparked an invasion panic among an American populace not used dealing with war on the home front. A day later, reports of enemy aircraft led to the so-called “Battle of Los Angeles,” in which American artillery was discharged over Los Angeles for several hours due to the mistaken belief that the Japanese were invading.
There were several editions of this event on this day but this is the most dramatic I have seen. A terrific item for display, and terrific to have in a Los Angeles newspaper.
This is the complete first section of 10 pages or a 3 section newspaper. Minor toning at the central fold, otherwise in very nice condition.
Complete with all 12 pages and in very nice condition. Presumed to be the complete issue as there is no evidence there were additional sections.

Category: World War II

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