Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Air Raid Sirens

Every so often, as you're getting around Los Angeles, you find old air raid sirens. This one's in Tarzana.

These sirens were put up during World War II and then revived and expanded during the Cold War. They were put out of use in the 1980s, but some people who lived here in the 1950s and 60s can remember them being tested on the last Friday of every month at 10am. They can remember nuclear attack drills too, like 'duck and cover'.

These sirens are not only a reminder of the Cold War, but that California (and the entire West Coast) shares a Pacific with Australia, because - after all - the Japanese attacked Australia (air raids on Darwin and the north 1942-3, shelling Sydney and Newcastle from the sea 1942).


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