As World War II was coming to an end, the U.S. was searching for a way to finish the war with Japan. The U.S. went about doing this by first dropping 2,000 tons of flammable bombs on Tokyo, Japan on March 9th, 1945. As a result of these fire bombings, between 80,000 to 130,000 innocent Japanese civilians were killed, which was the worst single firestorm in history. After this overwhelming event occurred, Japan didn’t chose to surrender unconditionally; however, the U.S. was well aware that Japan was already largely defeated due to the fire bombings. The U.S. was ready to potentially invade Japan, but an invasion of Japan couldn’t begin for another three months, so the U.S. had an opportunity to wait and see if Japan would surrender before …show more content…
The U.S. used this type of welfare to end the lives of many Japanese civilians in order to potentially end the war. This all begun on March 9th, 1945 when the U.S. sent warplanes to Japan that dropped 2,000 tons of flammable bombs on Tokyo. The damage that these firebombs caused were so devastating that almost about 16 square miles in and around the Japanese capital was greatly consumed by the fire. The firebombs were the most effective in downtown Tokyo suburb of Shitamachi. Many survivors of the firebombs called this town the “paper city” due to how quickly it was set on fire when the bombs were released. It also destroyed the light industries that were in the town. This was a major downturn for the Japanese because the light industries produced the war materials that were used for aircraft factories. As a result of the fire bombs, between 80,000 to 130,000 Japanese lives were killed. There were so many burned bodies that the odor of the burning flesh made the bomber pilots use oxygen masks to keep them from not vomiting and getting sick. This tragic attack lasted a little more than three hours. This event was essential because it was the worst single firestorm in recorded history. The devastation continued for Japan because within the matter of months, the U.S. would drop two atomic bombs in the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and …show more content…
This made the U.S. think of another to way to end the war with Japan. The U.S. thought the best way to end the war was by dropping an atomic bomb on Japan, which was the world’s first atomic bomb to be used in welfare. On August 6th, 1945 at 8:15 A.M. the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The B-29 was about 9000m above the surface and the atomic bomb feel for 43 seconds before exploding. The atomic bomb exploded 580m above the ground. As the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, it caused a massive shock wave and radiation that killed more than 100,000 Japanese citizens instantly. When the atomic was released it also created a fireball that began to spread out across the city of Hiroshima. After this tragic event occurred, Japan still had not surrendered to the U.S. unconditionally. Only three days later after the destruction of Hiroshima, on August 9th, 1945 at 11:00 A.M. the U.S. would then drop another atomic bomb over the Japanese city of Nagasaki, which killed thousands more innocent people. In total deaths of both the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, around 300,000 people were killed. These horrific events affected Japan so significantly that it caused them to surrender to the United States on August 14th, 1945. However, even after the dropping the atomic bombs, another 97,000 people died from radiation-related illness as a
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When the United States dropped the two atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, it showed the world that it had a capability for destruction the likes of which had never been seen before. Less than one week after the bombings, Japan agreed to an unconditional surrender with the Allied Powers, officially ending the second World War. While these attacks helped to finally bring an end to the largest global conflict in history, they are understandably still the topic of debate over seventy years later. Even though there are many negatives associated with the bombings, they were ultimately necessary because Japan would not have surrendered otherwise, and the lives of countless soldiers and Japanese civilians were spared because of the attacks.
(Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki). The bomb killed eighty thousand people instantly. Radiation exposure killed tens of thousands more. The bomb destroyed ninety percent of one of Japan’s biggest cities in an instant. Therefore, the event that occurred at Hiroshima was a huge shock to the
Japan’s armed forces had millions of men around the world ready to give their lives to protect their countries pride, and if America had invaded Japan, they would have risked a potential attack on ally grounds from these deployed troops. Rather than invading or showing a demonstration, dropping the atomic bomb was the one thing that would have caused an immediate surrender. Since there was no chance of Japan surrendering, the only option America had to end the war was to drop the atomic
Dropping this bomb caused thousands of innocent lives to be lost and even more so people to be injured but live. As said in the text,” it killed about 160000 people and 80% of the cities buildings…(nagasaki) the death toll there was less but still over 100000”. The problem was America was already kicking a horse that was down. Japan had already been almost defeated and the bomb was just a huge overkill. Even admiral Ernest King argued, “ if we had been willing to wait...
On August 6, 1945 the United States ordered to drop a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima, a city in Japan. The bomb instantly killed between 70,000 and 80,000 people but due to the radiation more people suffered death after the attack. The bomb dropped on Hiroshima was known as “Little Boy” which was the first atomic bomb created. The plane that had dropped the bomb was known as the Enola Gay a B-29 bomber flown by Colonel Paul W. Tibbets. On August 9, 1945 the second nuclear bomb was dropped by the US on Nagasaki.
This explosion wiped out nearly 90 percent of the city of Hiroshima and almost 80,000 people were killed due to the bombing. Despite the atrocious damage and outcome that left on the city, Emperor Hirohito and the army in Japan remained persistent and still refused to surrender. August 9, 1945, only three days
On August 6 1945 the first atomic bomb, Little Boy, was dropped on Hiroshima. Now many people including historians look back at that moment and say it was not necessary. In recent weeks, tensions between The United States and Japan rose due to President Obama’s trip to Japan where he did not apologize for the United States bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Contrary to popular belief, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were necessary. The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was necessary because it saved the lives of millions of people, destroyed important military factories and ports and made the Japanese surrender and end the war.
Logan Thompson 3rd Hour 3/7/16 The Atomic Bomb When the atomic bomb was dropped the world was changed forever. The Americans dropped the first atomic bomb on the japanese city of Hiroshima and it killed lots people immediately and tens of thousands later from all the radiation. Then after three days there was a second atomic bomb dropped on the city of Nagasaki which killed less but still lots of people. Finally a few day later the Japanese surrendered.
In fact, Ralph A. Bard, Undersecretary of the Navy wrote to Secretary of War Stimson in a June 27, 1945 memorandum. “I define this decision as an emotional and reckless decision, Japanese government may be searching for some opportunity which they could use as a medium of surrender” (Bard). In fact, the Japanese government expressed desire to end the war, and would have accepted conditional surrender before the mainland invasion in November. The reason for dropping the bomb was forcing Japan to surrender unconditionally. In America’s opinion, Japan had lost the war; they did not have any capital to negotiate with.
More people died during the bombings than they would have if America invaded Japan. In Hiroshima and Nagasaki almost two-hundred thousand people were injured or killed. There are still people suffering the effects of the atomic bombs today. Many people that lived near the impact sites and survived have been entered into a radiation study.
Over 180,000 Japanese were killed in these two bombings and thousands more died later due to radiation sickness (Langley 84). However, when the United States was suffering through a dark period, it is a fair decision to use atomic weapons to shorten the amount of casualties. United States President Truman knew of the way the Japanese fought. They fought to the death, and they were brutal to the prisoners of war. Besides, United States had suffered the loss of over 418,000 lives, both military and civilian (Perry 286).
On August 6th, 1945, an American B-29 bomber drops the world’s first atomic bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The nuclear explosion wiped out 90 percent of the city’s population. A mere three days later, another atomic bomb is dropped on Nagasaki, killing an estimated 40,000 people. On August 15th, Japan’s emperor Hirohito announces the surrender of his country.