Strange Cases of Battlefield UFO Encounters . War seems to be ingrained in us. Throughout history, we humans have managed to fight for all sorts of things, constantly outdoing ourselves and raising the stakes of violence. Wars produce many tales of combat and valor, which tend to appear in the history books, but there are also many strange tales that seem to have been forgotten to fade into the mists of time. Chief among these are all the unusual and often downright bizarre stories of UFOs appearing at war sites, and such stories go all the way back to the present.
One of the earliest accounts of UFOs on the battlefield dates back to the United States Civil War. According to the account, which appeared in Vol. 32 of the Air Research Organization (APRO) bulletin, on a clear, cloudless day in October 1863, a curious incident occurred a few miles west of Lewisburg, Lewisburg County. Greenbrier, Virginia. , when both Civil War soldiers and civilians witnessed something truly strange in the sky over the battlefield. According to the report, witnesses saw a large number of objects “like cotton or smoke and the size and shape of doors” rushing across the sky “in beautiful order and regularity.” Thousands of these objects passed above, and then things got even weirder after they passed. The report says:
In the deep valley below, thousands upon thousands of (apparently) human beings appeared, traveling in the same direction as the objects, marching in good order, some thirty or forty deep, moving rapidly – ‘double speed’ – and began to to ascend the almost impassable hills ahead, and he had the particular inclination of men climbing a steep mountain. There seemed to be a great variety in the size of the men; some were very large, while others were quite small. Their arms, legs, and heads could be clearly seen in motion. They seemed to observe strict military discipline and there were no stragglers. There was uniformity of dress; white blouses or shirts, with white pants; they had no weapons, swords, or anything to indicate ‘men of war’.
What was happening here? An equally bizarre event was allegedly witnessed during the Spanish Civil War, fought from 1936 to 1939 between Republicans and Nationalists in Spain. On February 5, 1938, a battalion of soldiers who bravely defended the position of Peñón de la Mata, in the north of the province of Granada, was distracted from the penetrating and icy cold when they witnessed something very strange in the sky. A report at the time in the ABC Andalucía newspaper says:
They were carefully watching their position under perfectly clear skies and our witness, a combatant from Brigade 76, suddenly became aware of the presence of something abnormal in the skies over Grenada. Located at a considerable distance, and at a height of 200 meters, the soldier saw an object similar to “a Mexican hat” in the color of flat aluminum. The sun’s rays, reflecting on its surface, allowed him to see that it was a metallic device. He flew slowly as he approached the witness position. It was then that he was able to observe it in greater detail. Seen from below, its shape was precisely that of a cartwheel. In its center, where the rays came out, it had what looked like a camera lens and gave a sensation of depth. When the object got even closer,
When the main witness was approached and interviewed about his experience, he would add more detail, saying:
It gave off a kind of steam from the sides and gave the general impression of having a small tail. I can’t tell you exactly where she came from, but when she came out, what I already told you was formed: a little tail. She gave a little jump as she walked away, similar to a pulse. In general it looked like a Mexican hat, as I already told you, but with the detail that its points formed right angles. Then, as she came closer and passed almost directly overhead, I could see that it had little windows and that it was completely round. It rotated counterclockwise. At first I thought it was a truck tire that had exploded, but “that thing” seemed to have a life of its own, apart from the fact that if it had been a truck tire, we would have seen it fall. Its diameter would have been approximately three meters.
Moving forward in years, we have a reported incident on the battlefields of the Korean War, fought between North and South Korea from 1950 to 1953. In the spring of 1951, a Private First Class (PFC) in the Army by the name of Francis P. Wall was with the Army Infantry, 25th Division, 27th Regiment, 2nd Battalion on a mountainside in what was then known as military maps like the Iron Triangle near Chorwon. Artillery was coming in at the time, and they were on their way to warn civilians in a nearby town of the impending threat when they witnessed “a jack-o’-lantern floating down the mountain.” The object was heading towards the town and was so fast and maneuverable that it was able to evade the center of an artillery barrage and remain unharmed. As the shocked men looked on trying to process what they were seeing, the object turned and headed straight for them, and Wall describes what happened next:
Then this object approached us. And it turned a brilliant blue-green light. It is difficult to distinguish its size; there is no way to compare it. The light pulsed. This object approached us. I requested and received permission from Lieutenant Evans, our company commander at the time, to fire on this object, which I did with an M-1 rifle with armor-piercing rounds. And I got it right. It must have been metallic because you could hear it as the shell smashed into it. Now why would that bullet damage this ship if artillery rounds wouldn’t? I don’t know unless they’ve dropped their protective field around them, or whatever. But the object went crazy, and the light went on and off. It went full shot once, briefly. And it was moving erratically from side to side as if it were going to crash into the ground. Then, a sound, we hadn’t heard any sound before this, the sound of, like, diesel locomotives speeding up. That’s what this thing sounded like.
And then we were attacked. We were swept by some kind of lightning that was emitted in pulses, in waves that you could see visually only when it was pointed directly at you. I mean, like a searchlight that sweeps and… you would see it coming towards you. Now you would feel a burning and tingling sensation throughout your body, as if something was entering you. So the company commander, Lieutenant Evans, led us to our bunkers. We didn’t know what was going to happen. We were afraid. These are dugouts where you have peepholes to look at and shoot the enemy. So, I’m in my bunker with another man. We’re spying on this thing. He loomed over us for a while, lighting up the whole area with his light, and then I saw him shoot out at a 45 degree angle, just like that fast, there and disappear. This fast.
But, three days later, the entire company of men had to be evacuated by ambulance. They had to open roads there and get them out. They were too weak to walk. They had dysentery. Later, when the doctors saw them, they had an extremely high white blood cell count that the doctors could not explain. Now in the military, especially the Army, every day you file a company report. We had a talk about it. Do we file it in the report or not? And the consensus was ‘No’. Because they would lock us all up and think we were crazy. At the time, a UFO had never been heard of, and we didn’t know what it was. I still don’t know what it was. But I do know that since then I have had periods of disorientation and memory loss, and I went from 180 pounds to 138 pounds after I returned to this country. And I have had great difficulty maintaining my weight. In fact, today I am retired and disabled.
The story was related by Wall to John Timmerman, an associate at the J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS) in Chicago, Illinois, who deemed the witness to be honest and reliable, and we wondered what was going on. here. A few years later it is a case of the Algerian War, also known as the Algerian Revolution or the Algerian War of Independence, fought between France and the Algerian National Liberation Front from 1954 to 1962. According to the story, in March 1958 , a witness known only as “Legionnaire NG” was on guard duty at a fortified emplacement at a Foreign Legion camp in Bouamama, Algeria on a clear, still night when he heard a strange whistling noise coming from above, and when he looked up he saw a huge rounded object coming down towards him to stop and hover ominously about 100 to 120 feet above the ground. UFO investigator Joel Mesnard would interview the witness and says of what happened next:
He estimated that it was up to 1,000 feet (350 meters) wide. Seen by him slightly from below, during the arrival and takeoff phases, it appeared to be elliptical, quite independent of the perspective effect that makes a disk appear elliptical when viewed from a point off the disk’s centerline. Its wingspan could, he thought, have been in the neighborhood of 250 meters. He estimated the distance between himself and the closest edge of the object at just over 50 meters (150 feet). The object was surrounded by pale green light, and an intense conical beam of emerald green light was coming from the center of the bottom towards the ground.
Legionnaire NG did not fire his rifle, nor did he pick up the phone. He only remembers staring at the object for 45 to 50 minutes. The pale green and emerald colors were the most beautiful, relaxing and fascinating colors he had ever seen. Legionnaire NG had completely forgotten about the war. All nervous or psychological tension had disappeared from his mind. He just felt happy. Then the noise came again, as if someone were blowing into a bottle, and the object began to rise gently until it reached a height of approximately I(K) or 120 meters. Then he flew debris at tremendous speed to the Northwest, rising as he went. What the legionnaire felt then was a kind of sadness at the disappearance of this beautiful sight. After a few minutes, this feeling began to fade, resulting in a return to his ordinary state of consciousness, until he regained his full mental faculties. She quickly picked up the phone and reported what she had seen.
Probably more for medical than “ufological” reasons, the witness was thoroughly questioned by the officers. He stuck to his original story, and the matter was considered quite surprising. He was sent to the Val de Grace Military Hospital in Paris. There they kept him for a week under dose scrutiny by neurologists and psychiatrists. An EEG revealed nothing unusual. All doctors concluded that NG was in good physical and mental health. He had not been noticeably affected by the stresses caused by wartime service in Algeria. He rarely drank and considered himself competent for service in the Foreign Legion, which means an especially harsh way of life. In fact, no man with a tendency to dream or to science fiction, or with an overdeveloped imagination or a critical and analytical mind he would be selected to serve in the Legion. Mr. NG does not seek publicity. He simply recounts his experience, naturally, to his close relatives, and when I met him in May 1970, he was a bit reluctant for the first few minutes, then answered my questions without emphasizing any particular feature.
Unfortunately, when the site was thoroughly examined there was no evidence of the object found, leaving what happened out there a mystery. During the Vietnam War, there is an incident that allegedly took place in Nha Trang, which was a heavily defended base in South Vietnam located along the coast. In June 1966, American soldiers were dealing with heavy fighting in the area, and that day there was a lull and some of them were enjoying some well-deserved downtime watching a movie on a movie projector in one of the compound. As the generator started up and the movie played, there was a bright red flash outside, and the anonymous witness says:
At first we thought it was a flare that goes off all the time and then found out it wasn’t. It was coming from the north and it was moving very slow to fast… Some of the fighter pilots that were here… said it looked like it was about 25,000 feet (altitude)… then panic broke out. It fell directly towards us and stopped dead at about 300-500 feet. He made this little valley and the surrounding mountains look like it was the middle of the day; illuminated everything. Then it went up and I mean up. It went straight up and completely out of sight in about 2-3 seconds. Everyone keeps talking about it. What shook everyone is that it stopped, or maybe it didn’t, but anyway, our generator stopped and everything went black. At the Air Force Base, about a half mile from here, all generators stopped. The engines of two planes that were on the runway ready to take off stopped, and there was not a car, truck, plane or anything that walked for about four minutes. In addition, the eight excavators that were working on the nearby hills also stopped operating. A planeload of bigwigs from Washington arrived here this afternoon to investigate. It’s on the radio around here. Is he home? I swear if someone says they saw a little green man, I won’t argue with them. A planeload of bigwigs from Washington arrived here this afternoon to investigate. It’s on the radio around here. Is he home? I swear if someone says they saw a little green man, I won’t argue with them. A planeload of bigwigs from Washington arrived here this afternoon to investigate. It’s on the radio around here. Is he home? I swear if someone says they saw a little green man, I won’t argue with them.
It turned out that the case had not made the news, and no one had heard of it until the witness was interviewed by NICAP investigator Raymond Fowler, who found the account fascinating because so many physical effects were reported. similar to an electromagnetic pulse effect. Fowler would comment:
The case could turn out to be very significant, despite the current lack of additional information. Compounding this problem is the witness’s inability to remember anything other than the nicknames of those he was serving with in Nha Trang. Of great interest to NICAP, and apparently of equal interest to the “big shots in Washington,” were the associated EM effects allegedly caused by the bizarre UFO. The fact that the diesel and gasoline engines scattered around the base stopped working at the same time and remained inoperative for more than four minutes adds mystery to the fact. Included in the list of engines that stopped working at the time of the sighting, according to the witness, were those of the two “Sky Raiders” warming up on the nearby runway. One can only speculate what might have happened if they had suffered a loss of power while airborne. NICAP is currently attempting to contact the appropriate Army officials to obtain the names of other enlisted personnel or officers who may have witnessed the event. NICAP is also trying to determine if Washington officials visited Nha Trang the next day to investigate the sighting.
The Vietnam War was replete with stories like this. One particularly bizarre incident occurred in 1970, on Lone-Jon Island, where a 5-man team of soldiers claimed they were being chased by glowing lights measuring a mere 4 inches by 4 inches. These lights were described as disk-shaped and with what were called “black eyes”, and were said to be capable of great feats of maneuverability, darting, zigzagging, and hovering all over the place. The team claimed that when they shot at the objects, they changed color to an angry, bright red, with the black eye part transforming into a bright green. These intimidating and menacing lights stalked and attacked the team day and night for 5 days, often coming surprisingly close, within 5 feet of the team’s position.
When the men returned from their ordeal and were questioned, they recounted what had happened to them and were reportedly told to forget it. Their equipment was also searched and some of it was confiscated, including the photographs that had been taken. People were brought in to interview them at length about what they had seen, and while it was not clear who they were, at least one of the men was convinced they were from the CIA. Even stranger is that, a few months later, some US personnel reportedly showed up at the homes of the soldiers’ parents asking about any photographic material they might have been sent. The whole affair adds a layer of sinister cover-up to the already quite terrifying events described in the report.
US forces were certainly not the only ones facing UFO hostilities. In the summer of 1968, a Ranger reconnaissance unit was operating along the DMZ in an area that became known as the “North Country” in the early hours of the morning. The team was cautious and nervous, completely attuned to their surroundings, as it had been established that an enemy Viet Cong unit was positioned on the other side of the hill, so the enemy could have been anywhere crawling in the jungle to your surroundings. . At about 2 a.m., the team claimed that a bright fluorescent blue light could be seen approaching their position and that the strange unidentified object stopped to hover momentarily some 400 meters away before moving towards the bewildered unit once more. The entire time the flying object was said to be completely silent.
As the reconnaissance unit struggled to comprehend this strange sight they were seeing, the NVA on the other side of the hill, after presumably gawking at the sight as well, did what humans do and reportedly began shooting. against the light with all his might. The night was lit up with tracer shells flashing skyward towards the strange object floating there and it must have been a fascinating and haunting sight. For a few moments, the object did not react, simply absorbing the assault without showing any sign of distress or damage. In fact, he seemed completely unfazed by the barrage of bullets hitting him. Then, it was claimed that a blindingly bright beam of light shot from the object and NVA machine gun fire came to an abrupt halt to send the jungle into a sudden silence so profound it was jarring, the instantaneous silence almost deafening in the wake of the cacophony that it had exploded in midair moments before. The light in the sky reportedly went out in complete silence to leave behind only the hums of the night jungle.
The next morning, the reconnaissance team decided to head to the NVA camp to see what had happened, feeling that they would at least find something strange and not be disappointed. They discovered that the enemy camp was apparently abandoned and scattered everywhere were 12.7mm machine guns and other assorted firearms that appeared to have been partially melted by unrelenting blistering heat. Closer inspection of the camp revealed what appeared to be piles of ash and fragments of what might have been charred bones scattered everywhere. The team leader took photographs of the scene, which he would later include in his grisly incident report. Soon after, he went to rejoin his unit, but was told he had been reassigned to another team. When he asked what had become of his report and the photos, he was allegedly told that there was no such report and that if he continued to pursue the matter he could face jail time. Apparently, other members of the team were similarly intimidated by such threats.
Another NVA-related incident was reported in the State Journal in Lansing, Michigan on September 29, 1972, in an article titled What Was a UFO Over Hanoi? The report claimed that a huge luminous orange spherical UFO had appeared high over Hanoi on a clear day and then hovered in a stationary position. North Vietnamese air defenses had fired at him almost immediately with three consecutive surface-to-air missiles, but these failed to hit or damage him, although after the missiles were fired the UFO was reported to have lessened somewhat in intensity, becoming “less bright” than it had been before. However, it reportedly continued to hover over the city for an hour and 20 minutes before setting off. In a similar incident reported by the Russian publication Aura-Z, another UFO was allegedly seen over Hanoi and was also attacked by missiles, which hit it but had no effect. In this case, the UFO is claimed to have fired a “fine, needle-like, light blue beam” at the defense batteries, destroying them and reportedly killing around 200 people in the process. This particular report, no doubt spectacular, has been suspected of being a hoax, but it is intriguing nonetheless.
In some cases, these strange objects in the skies have been attacked by both sides of the Vietnam conflict at the same time. One such startling account was published in The News World in a 1982 article titled “Staten Is. Investigator Inspired by Vietnam War Encounter.” The witness was a soldier named Pete Mazzola, who was stationed in Vietnam from 1965 to 1970, and claimed that he had already seen many unidentified lights in the sky during his tour, even before the terrifying incident that would change his life forever. . and really convince him that UFOs were real.
According to Mazzola, in 1967 he was a young soldier serving on a forward observation patrol tasked with radioing the coordinates of enemy positions to US Navy ships waiting in the nearby Sea of South China, which would then bombard them from the water. During his mission, Mazzola’s patrol came under attack from an enemy unit and took cover in a patch of tall, thick grass. As they hid there, wincing from the stuttering gunfire and trying to figure out what to do, they were met with the strange sight of various glowing objects rising into the air above the trees. He would say of this strange sight:
I couldn’t believe what I saw. The other guys saw it too, but then they were too shocked to talk much about it except to say, ‘What the hell was that?’
The lights proceeded to rise above the rice paddies and palm trees, and as they did so they were suddenly attacked by shells coming from the American ships to the south, the thunderous explosions deafening the terrified squadron on shore. Moments later, more shells and missiles began to bombard the mysterious lights, this time from NVA positions in the north, and it seemed as if both sides of the war had momentarily forgotten their differences to focus their growing violence on these mysterious and otherworldly objects. As shell after shell whizzed through the air toward the enigmatic lights, none seemed to hit their mark, always exploding before contact was made to leave a puff of black smoke wafting into the air far below their target. throughout it all,
Mazzola would later speculate that the UFOs had been employing some type of device that had somehow prevented missiles and artillery shells from reaching them. The bizarre incident had such a profound effect on him that the once-skeptical Mazzola, who in later years became a detective with the New York City police, would go on to form an organization dedicated to investigating the UFO phenomenon, called the “Office of UFOs.” Research Scientist”. «
American and Viet Cong forces were not even the only victims of such terrifying events. On the night of August 12, 1968, a team of Soviet Union engineers were near the remote area of Cao Bang in North Vietnam, working on plans to build a hydroelectric plant there. While carrying out their duties, a deep rumble echoed from above to reverberate in the area, and they feared it was possibly an American B-52 bomber making a kill run. The frightened Soviet engineers ran to their tents to hide, and that’s where they saw something really strange.
Floating in the middle of his tent was an angular, diamond-shaped object that was described as being deep black and glowing with a blue-green light. The bizarre floating object made no sound or movement, it just remained there with its inscrutable and unknowable purpose. Before they could even process what they were seeing, there was a sudden burst of light and a shock wave that hurled everyone to the ground. The explosion destroyed the store and scattered his equipment everywhere, destroying or severely damaging most of it. The men had managed to survive without injury, but were still deeply shaken by the bizarre event and enthusiastically bonded over what had just transpired. When they tried to call their base,
The next morning, after a night with very little sleep, the radio was found to be working again and they were able to report back on what had happened to them the night before before continuing on their mission. Two days later, the engineering team made a rather bizarre discovery when they stumbled upon a black sphere about 3 meters in diameter, 1 km from their camp. The strange sphere had many strange qualities, as it cast no shadow and did not reflect any light. The surface of the sphere was smooth to the touch and could not be damaged by a knife thrust through it. Radioing their find, HQ told the team to move 20 meters away from the object and await further instructions, which they did,
That night, one of the engineers got up and ventured into the woods, but no one gave it much thought, thinking he was just going out to relieve himself. When the man did not return, the others nervously called out his name, well aware that that otherworldly sphere still loomed in the darkness. With no response, they gingerly grabbed some lanterns and fanned out into the night to search for his comrade, but could not find him. An hour later another of the men also got up and headed into the undergrowth in the same direction the first had gone, in fact towards the sphere, and this time the man was noted to be moving as if in a trance. or daze. He didn’t come back either.
By this time, the remaining men were terrified and decided to simply wait in the camp rather than venture once more into that unknown night, but the strangeness was not over, as another man wandered off into the desert, leaving only two of his men behind. the engineers. staying there huddled in the flickering, dancing flames of their campfire. As they sat there, one of them stood up disjointedly while the other looked on in horror and he too stumbled into the night. All of this was so disturbing to the remaining engineer that he allegedly shot himself in the leg with his own gun to avoid being called upon by whatever sinister force drew them one by one. The pain and shock of this self-inflicted wound caused him to pass out as thoughts of those dazed men and that sphere danced in his head. The next morning, a Soviet special forces team woke up the only remaining engineer and, although he had lost quite a bit of blood, he was still alive. He told the soldiers about the sphere and what had happened during the night, but no trace of it or the missing men could be found. What happened here and what that black sphere was still a mystery. He told the soldiers about the sphere and what had happened during the night, but no trace of such an object or of the missing men could be found. What happened here and what that black sphere was still a mystery. He told the soldiers about the sphere and what had happened during the night, but no trace of such an object or of the missing men could be found. What happened here and what that black sphere was still a mystery.
This has been just a selection of the many stories of alien strangeness recorded during the war. What are we going to do with such accounts? Why do wars attract so many strange cases of UFO phenomena? Are these entities interested in our most violent interactions? Are they looking for something, studying us perhaps? Or are they all tales and delusions? No matter what the case, battlefields continue to be a source of the bizarre, and these instances manage to swirl around like forgotten oddities in the history of warfare.