Gangster Squad: Covert Cops, the Mob, and the Battle for Los Angeles by Paul LiebermanThe true story behind the movie of the same name. A secretive police unit waged an anything-goes war to drive Mickey Cohen and other hoodlums from Los Angeles after WWII. In 1946, the LAPD launched the Gangster Squad with eight men who met covertly on street corners and slept with Tommy guns under their beds.
Sgt Jack O’Mara was a square-jawed church usher, Sgt Jerry Wooters a cynical maverick. About all they had in common was their obsession. O’Mara set a trap to prove Mickey was a killer. And Wooters formed an alliance with Mickey’s budding rival, Jack “The Enforcer” Whalen.
Two cops -- two hoodlums. Their fates collided in the closing days of the 1950s, when late one night “The Enforcer” confronted Mickey and his crew. The aftermath would shake both LA’s mob and police department, and signal the end of a defining era in the city’s history.
World Invasion Battle Los Angeles - 1942 Invasion
The Battle of Los Angeles , also known as The Great Los Angeles Air Raid , is the name given by contemporary sources to the rumored attack by Japan and subsequent anti-aircraft artillery barrage which took place from late February 24 to early February 25, , over Los Angeles , California. Initially, the target of the aerial barrage was thought to be an attacking force from Japan, but speaking at a press conference shortly afterward, Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox called the incident a "false alarm".
'Battle: Los Angeles': The Story Behind a Sci-Fi Alien Invasion
Air raid sirens began going off as anti-aircraft guns and searchlights began combing the skies over L. The incident was covered extensively by local and national press, but no one could give a satisfactory explanation of what precipitated the alarm. While the military eventually attributed the incident to "war nerves" and the sighting of an errant weather balloon, ufologists have speculated for years that our guns were actually firing at extraterrestrial spaceships—a theory that provided inspiration for Battle: Los Angeles Steven Spielberg's film was also loosely based on the event. We decided to look into the Battle of Los Angeles a little more and came up with these fascinating bits of info:. While there is no conclusive proof that the Japanese or anyone else attacked Los Angeles on Feb.
An alien assault on the U. So it's just using stuff in our collective conscious and melding it with this real event. Shortly after 2 a. The military had ordered a total blackout of the L. As terrified civilians braced for another possible surprise attack mounted by the Axis powers, the coastal artillery brigade began firing a steady salvo of antiaircraft shells. The mystery objects as few as nine, as many as 25, according to reports moved south from Santa Monica to Long Beach before disappearing. More than shells were launched over a one-hour period, not one of which hit their targets.
Battle: Los Angeles tells a tale of an alien invasion that's somewhat thwarted by a group of U. Marines in California, and while it's a by-the-numbers military action film, it's actually inspired by a true story. At the start of the movie, 20 extraterrestrial spaceships land in the water outside major cities around the world, with one of those cities being Los Angeles. A platoon of Marines then accompanies a USAF technical sergeant throughout the city in search of the aliens' command center, which they end up destroying and forcing the invading aliens back, at least for a brief time. Of course, none of that ever really happened. So while there's never been an alien invasion before, a real-life event from the early s did inspire the story that ultimately became Battle: Los Angeles. Shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor in December , the U.
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Our regular series, Conspiracy Theories Uncracked examines the history behind these local urban legends. It was the early morning of Feb.
Following the Dec. By February , air-raid sirens, searchlights and anti-aircraft guns filled Los Angeles. Blackouts and drills were common. Then on Feb. It was on the night of Feb. The Great Air Raid began at a.
Members Portal. Skeptoid Podcast September 15, Podcast transcript Subscribe. It was late February, , less than three months after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Residents on the Western coast of the United States expected they were next, and so stood ready with hasty fortifications and kept their eyes on the sky. The crews manning the antiaircraft artillery batteries in Los Angeles had been trained, but lacked experience in actual combat. Only one day before, the Japanese submarine I had surfaced off of Santa Barbara and fired 25 shells at some aviation fuel storage tanks, so the alert level was the highest it had ever been. An attack on Los Angeles was imminent.
In the frantic weeks that followed the Pearl Harbor attack, many Americans believed that enemy raids on the continental United States were imminent. On December 9, , unsubstantiated reports of approaching aircraft had caused a minor invasion panic in New York City and sent stock prices tumbling. On the West Coast, inexperienced pilots and radar men had mistaken fishing boats, logs and even whales for Japanese warships and submarines. Tensions were high, and they only grew after U. Just a few days later on February 23, , a Japanese submarine surfaced off the coast of Santa Barbara, California, and hurled over a dozen artillery shells at an oil field and refinery. While the attack inflicted no casualties and caused only minor damage, it marked the first time that the mainland United States had been bombed during World War II.