The Battle of Los Angeles, which took place during the night between February 24th and 25th in 1942, is one of the strangest events of World War II and is still a mystery to this day. When unidentified objects were reported over Los Angeles, the 37th Coast Artillery Brigade began firing anti-aircraft shells at them, as they moved from Santa Monica to Long Beach, but none of the shells were able to actually hit. Originally thought to be Japanese bombers who had come to attack the United States after Pearl Harbor, to this day, nobody has ever been able to explain what happened, and there continues to be documented cases of UFO sightings around the world.
The new sci-fi/action film Battle: Los Angeles, opening on March 11th, takes things one step further and shows what could happen if UFO sightings became a terrifying reality when Earth is attacked by unknown forces. At the film’s press day, Col. Charles Halt, Capt. Robert Salas, Mark Easter, the Director and National spokesperson for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON.com), and William Birnes, who is the leading UFO investigator and creator of the TV show UFO Hunters, talked about the 69th anniversary of the Battle of Los Angeles, the presence of UFOs around the world, the increase in sightings after movies and TV shows highlight the subject, how cell phone cameras and video have helped in documentation, and whether the government might have actual contingency plans if something like what occurs in the film were to really happen. Check out what they had to say after the jump.