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Forgotten: World War II's Battle for Los Angeles (As In Japan Attacked the U.S. Homeland)?

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by Warfare History Network

Three Months after the United States was plunged into World War II with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the nation was on edge. From every theater the news was disheartening, and the citizens along the West Coast were particularly aware of their perceived vulnerability.

At 7:05 PM on the evening of February 23, 1942, the Japanese submarine I-17 surfaced off the coast of Santa Barbara, California, and for 20 minutes the crew fired numerous shells from the 5.5-inch deck gun. The target was the Ellwood Oil Field. The shelling inflicted minimal damage to installations along the shoreline and among a few oil wells, but the primary targets, gasoline storage facilities, went unscathed.

As a result of the shelling, military personnel and civilian volunteers who scanned the horizon from the water’s edge and watched the skies day and night were placed on high alert. The tension was palpable. Phantom sightings of Japanese warplanes, rumors of impending enemy air raids, and even speculation that hostile troops were preparing to land on the beaches of southern California were continual.

Read more at: https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/forgotten-world-war-iis-battle-los-angeles-japan-attacked-us-homeland-50202


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