They had started World War Two and put the Jewish people and gypsies and people they deemed not good enough for society in concentration camps. They were torturous places that starved, over-worked, and killed these people. It was oppressive in the extreme. Hiroshima was destroyed by the atomic bomb, Little Boy. “The American B-29 bomber, the Enola Gay, dropped the world’s first deployed atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, on August 6, 1945” (Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki).
The atomic bomb was a terrible thing. It killed 150,000 in Hiroshima and 75,000 in Nagasaki, plus many survivors became horribly disfigured from the intensive heat, and death from radiation is uncertain it may not kill the victims for days, weeks, months, or even years. (Although the bomb did save the USA from sending foot soldier to Japan, the Japanese were ready to surrender on terms that they can keep their empire and we had no need to use it). Japan was the first to feel the destructive power of the atomic bomb. Killing a quarter of a million people and costing two billion dollars of war replenish.
The nuclear bomb that hit Hiroshima not only destroyed the environment but also destroyed the lives of both the people killed and the survivors that lost so much that day. As the bomb went off, the beautiful city of Hiroshima was destroyed within seconds. The immediate heat that had reached up to ten million degrees celsius combined with the blinding flash of light from the bomb is when the citizens of Hiroshima knew it was the end. “Everything flashed whiter than white she had ever seen.” (Hersey 1169) said a survivor from the bombing. Some of the people didn 't die from the bomb itself but from the falling buildings and tree debris.
He states in a diary entry after the bomb; "Nobody is more disturbed over the use of Atomic bombs than I am but I was greatly disturbed over the unwarranted attack by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor and their murder of our prisoners of war. The only language they seem to understand is the one we have been using to bombard them.” Truman wanted these Japanese atrocities to end, for the war to end, and for eventual world peace. He made the decision to drop the bomb in order to save as many of his own as he could, which any good leader would
According to Geoff Brumfiel, there was two main reasons for bombing the cities: to scare the Japanese into surrendering and to test the power of the bomb (“Why did the U.S choose Hiroshima”). The reason Hiroshima was chosen explained by historian, Alex Wellerstein, written by Brumfiel is "Hiroshima is compact," Wellerstein says. "’If you put a bomb like this in the middle of it, you end up destroying almost the entirety of the city.’” (“Why did the U.S choose Hiroshima”). Nagasaki on the other hand is a little more complicated considering it was not the original target. In an article by Alex Wellerstein, it is stated “ The initial
The counter-arguments were that the Japanese were already defeated and so ‘why was it necessary to drop the bomb?”. Especially the second type, as evidence suggests that the Japanese were already defeated. Bombing and killing the innocent people shouldn’t ever be justified, however, it was a war and the American government did warn the Japanese about the consequences of continuing the fight. On August 6, 1945, the atomic bomb enriched with uranium, coded “Little boy”, was dropped over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The project was coded ‘Trinity’ when the first and only testing of ‘Little boy’ was on July 16th, 1945, near Alamogordo, New Mexico.
On December 8th, 1941 Franklin Delano Roosevelt addressed the nation with his infamous speech known as the “Infamy Speech”. The speech is still known to this day with the time length as short as seven minutes and after the speech. Congress declared war on Japan and was the start for America to intervene in World War II. This speech is a great example of rhetoric with its context, audience, purpose, message, means of delivery, and timing. The context behind Roosevelt’s speech was the tragedy that was the attack on Pearl Harbor where 2,335 American lives were killed by kamikaze Japanese zeroes, the nation was shocked and wondered why this would happen.
The atomic bomb led us into a new age of war. What he and his colleagues created could destroy mankind and end life on our planet. Everyone feared dying because of the atomic bomb. That is why Americans practiced duck and cover drills and made shelters for fear of the Soviet Union launching an atomic bomb on us. No one was safe after this invention came to life.
Evaluate and discuss President Truman's decision to drop the atomic bombs on Japan during World War II, which ultimately killed ten of thousands of Japanese citizens. I researched the different views that people have dealt with this subject. On August 6, 1945, American bomber Colonel Paul Tibbets dropped more than a 9,000-pound uranium-235 bomb known as “Little Boy” on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Within seconds, the bomb killed 80,000 people, with tens of thousands dying weeks afterwards due to wounds obtained from the blast and radiation poisoning. Three days later a U.S. major known as Charles Sweeney dropped “Fat Man” an atomic bomb that was more powerful than “Little Boy”, weighing nearly 10,000 pounds on the city of Nagasaki nearly killing 40,000 more people.
The atomic bomb, also known as the Little Boy, was dropped from the B-29 aircraft Enola Gay and had the equivalence to 15 tons of TNT or about thirteen kilotons of force. Hiroshima was home to about 290,000 citizens and around 49,000 soldiers, about half of which were killed in the physical bombing and exposure to radiation over a 4 month period. The idea for bombing of Hiroshima, also code named Operation Centerboard, was put into idea by the United States during after the defeat of Nazi Germany, while the Japanese Pacific war continued on. The United States wanted to force Japan to surrender as soon as
As well as being attacked, the United States also played the role of the attacker in August of 1945. This was a deadly nuclear bombing of the Japanese town Hiroshima. This was the first nuclear bomb ever deployed. This horrific explosion killed 90% of Hiroshima’s population, combining the 80,000 of whom the bomb killed immediately, and those who later died of radiation exposure. Three days later, another bomb was dropped Nagasaki, which killed another 40,000.
An invasion on Japan was being planned next year, leaving a opening of time for which American and Japanese lives to be killed by one another during the war. However, the invasion didn’t happen because on September 2, 1945, Japan officially signed to unconditional surrender. The dropping of the atom bomb forced japan to surrender just like the U.S wanted. They just wanted to have the least amount of American deaths as possible. We used the bomb, which saved multiple men’s lives who would have to eventually invade Japan, resulting in the deaths of both Japanese men and American men.
Estimates state that flash burns (burns from the flash of the explosion) caused 15-20% of all atomic bomb deaths. Most luridly, one Japanese patient was flash burned from about 6.500 feet away from the explosion. Armed with this information, dropping the atomic bomb seems like a horrible decision. However, President Truman, his staffers, and the scientific community had no idea that deaths would ensue from flash and radiation burns. So, to Truman, dropping an atomic bomb was equal to fire bombing a city.
Just like people, countries cannot be perfect. On August 6, 1945 a B-19 dropped the “Little Boy” on Hiroshima, Japan. Forty seven square miles were obliterated. Later, a second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. More than 150,000 people died between the two blasts.