Battle: Los Angeles Inspired by "The Battle of Los Angeles"
02.25.11 by REELZ
On the night of February 24th, 1942, a large scale anti-aircraft artillery barrage against targets that witnesses say "floated and glided" in the sky occurred. 69 years later the event still remains shrouded in mystery, never fully explained. The "Battle of Los Angeles," as the night has come to be known, has inspired many stories - the most recent of which is the soon-to-be released movie Battle: Los Angeles
While the event was dismissed as a "false alarm" due to "jittery nerves," by the Secretary of the Navy, Frank Knox, the army eventually bowed to public pressure and responded that the craft and battle were definitively real. Multiple reasons have been given including "Japanese planes to German craft launched from secret bases in Mexico to unidentified aircraft to weather balloons to sky lanterns to blimps." However, it is also alleged that the Army had recovered an unidentified aircraft off the coast of California that indicated that the "mystery airplanes are in fact not earthly and according to secret intelligence sources they are in all probability of interplanetary origin."
To coincide with their movie and to acknowledge the anniversary of the Battle of Los Angeles, Sony Pictures has culled real-life source material of military and UFO experts that heightens the speculation that in this case, art may just be imitating life.