The Hells Angels: Legacy Of The Notorious And Bloody Motorcycle Club

It All Started After World War II

1948 hells angels gang

It is no debate that the Hells Angels had their roots in 1948, in the then not so hippie Fontana, California. The gang stated out as a post WWII motorcycle club, where traumatized veterans of the gruesome war came together and formed the Pissed Off Bastards, which would later be rebranded into Hells Angels.

Why did they form after WWII? Well, according to members of the Hells Angels, the war concocted motorcycle club for 2 reasons – military surplus became available after the war, which would make motorcycles affordable. Lastly, life after the war left many hard-living young men lusting for volatility, and missing a sense of “soldier comradery”.

As a matter of fact, the name “Hells Angels” was inspired by the US Navy, as well as the Army and Marine’s. Don’t believe me? Read on to learn more.