5 WW2 Mysteries that are Still Unsolved



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In the months that followed the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and America’s entry into World War II, paranoia intensified all over the country. As a contributing factor, many Japanese Submarines off the West Coast attacked several American ships from December 1941 to February 1942.

In a few short months, fear spread mainly across the West Coast, where a Japanese attack was a likely possibility. All over the western side of the country, cities imposed blackouts for buildings, schools, and vehicles. The rumors intensified so much that at one point, 500 Army soldiers moved to the Walt Disney Studios lot in Southern California to defend the Hollywood facility against enemy sabotage.

As the United States began to prepare for war, anti-aircraft guns and bunkers were installed all across the country, and each town, no matter how small, had information on air raid protocols.

On February 24, 1942, the mounting tension became an explosion of hysteria when the Office of Naval Intelligence announced that an attack on the state of California could be expected within ten hours.

At 2:25 am, air raid sirens could be heard throughout Los Angeles County, and the mayor ordered a total blackout. For the remainder of the night, and well into the early morning, the 37th Coast Artillery Brigade fired over 1,400 shells into the air at reported aircraft.

After the blackout order was lifted at 7:21 am, flares were fired into the night sky for the next few days to either illuminate potential threats or signal danger. The citizens, however, became confused, as they believed the flashes of light were coming from attackers.

Within hours of the nighttime air raid, Frank Fox, Secretary of the Navy, confirmed that the entire incident had been a false alarm. No Japanese aircraft were ever sighted, and the enemy government vehemently denied their involvement.

Despite it being a false alarm, the supposed Battle of Los Angeles did have casualties, with three heart attack victims and three fatal car accidents related to the chaos.

The United States Office of Air Force has said that meteorological balloons were the cause of the initial alarm. However, many people still attribute the Battle of Los Angeles to an extraterrestrial visit.

45 comments

  1. I'm surprised that you didn't mention that a Catalina aeroplane went missing searching for flight 19 as it's part of the ongoing mystery.

  2. my grandpa has told me about the battle of Los Angeles. It was 200% ufos. Ive never had a conversation like that in my life it changed my entire mindset on everything.

  3. Only critisism is I feel you need to make the distinction between Nazis and Germans. The wermacht didnt lime them AT ALL.

  4. She didn't pass away, Anne Frank was murdered by being taken by the Nazis and it's disrespectful to say otherwise. Who are you worried about offending or upsetting.

  5. Regarding Anne Frank's diary, The Swiss Anne Frank foundation, the current copyright owners to the diary, discovered that up to HALF of the diary was a forgery by her father in his attempt to market the book and rebuild his finances after the war. He not only edited what Anne Frank actually wrote, but added text and chapters that she never wrote.

  6. Even if these 'Globes' belonged to Von Ribbentrop instead of Hitler, they are still an incredibly valuable historic artifact owned by a hugely influential and high ranking member of the NSDAP. Not something that I'd personally want in my collection, but I'm sure that there are plenty of museums and private collectors that would be prepared to pay a vast amount of money for it!

  7. Flight 19. No one ejected, planes did not have ejection seats. Taylor got disoriented, thought he was in Florida Keys, incredibly. Flew east, ran out of fuel way out in Atlantic.

  8. So was the famine, torture, and medical experiments before or after band practice, arts and crafts, theater, and gardening with the international Red Cross there the whole time to help with medical care and record keeping?

  9. The battle of Los Angles I think deals with an accidental hologram. Take video from a perspective, video projector in foggy room. Then multiply the video projects in a circle all with the correct perspective and you’ve created a hologram. I think the follows spots all merged on the same spot, creating an accidental holographic image of a… UFO?? LoL.

  10. They found flight 19. They ditched near each other. Even after they found them they still made search documentaries.

  11. Love the use of a single-line diagram to emphasize the search for who revealed the Frank clans location to the nazis.

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