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1942 Japenese attack on California coast...



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February 24, 1942

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, Feb. 24, 1942 

* Attack on California coast
* Ellwood oil field shelling
* Japanese submarine I-17


The front page has a banner headline: "JAPANESE SUBMARINE SHELLS CALIFORNIA COAST" with subheads. Related photo and map on page 2. (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.
Complete with all 26 pages, light toning at the margins, small library stamp within the masthead, small binding holes along the spine, generally very nice.

Category: World War II