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 Enola Gay at 8:16 AM. The people in Hiroshima were working, studying, and playing; then, their lives changed forever or ceased to exist. Over 80,000 people were instantly killed and more than 36,000 were injured when the atomic bomb exploded in Hiroshima. A year after the bomb was dropped, more 60,000 people died from the invisible killer, radiation poisoning. U.S. President Harry S. Truman, discouraged by the Japanese response to the Potsdam Conference’s demand for unconditional surrender, made the decision to use the atom bomb to end the war in order to prevent what he predicted would be a much greater loss of life were the United States to invade the Japanese mainland.
the land was laid to waste, and anything within a 1 mile radius was turned to ashe. Susuma Kimura, a witness of the bomb’s effect and how people suffered because of it, Leo Szilard, a scientist who took part in inventing the atomic bomb , he , along with other scientists urged Truman to not use the atomic bomb against
One of the most controversial events from World War II (WWII) was the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. On August 6, 1945, America dropped the world’s first atomic bomb, code name “Little Boy, over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The explosion resulted in over 90,000 deaths. August 9th, 1945, a second bomb was dropped, code name “Fat Man”, on Nagasaki, instantly killing an estimated 70,000 people. On August 15, Japan surrendered unconditionally.
“If the radiance of a thousand suns were to burst at once into the sky, that would be like the splendor of the mighty one.” Robert Oppenheimer, an American theoretical physicist, thought of this verse from the Hindu holy book, the Bhagavad Gita, while witnessing the explosion. During World War II, the Americans had to face pressure from both Japan and Germany. When the United States became aware that Germany attempted to build atomic weapons, Americans began to concentrate fully on their research about creating an atomic bomb first. Under Germany’s threaten, President D. Roosevelt created a secret project, known as the Manhattan Project, to develop the atomic technology first. The Manhattan project included a group of foremost scientists
In total over 2,400 were dead, and over 1,000 were injured in the onslaught; the attack also saw the destruction of eight battleships, three light cruisers and destroyers, and four other naval vessels (Civil Rights, Japanese Americans). With the Japanese
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
“Yesterday, December 7,1941 --- a date which will live in infamy- the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” - Franklin Roosevelt. December 7th 1941. When Japanese bombers made a bombing run in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii sinking two ships. The USS Arizona taking down 1,117 with it, The USS Oklahoma went down as well taking 429 crew members with it. Overall 2403 people died by this surprise from the nation of the rising sun.
At this point, the Japanese had revoked their right to any form of mercy. This idea is primarily based on their unwarranted assault on Pearl Harbor very shortly after peaceful collaborations with America; a blatant betrayal. Furthermore, they had abused and kicked American men who were already battered and at their knees during the war. A prime example of this use of excessive force can be seen in the Bataan Death March where American POWs were forced to endure inhumane conditions.The Japanese stripped themselves of
The effectiveness of large aircraft carriers was demonstrated early in the war, when dozens of Japanese fighters and bombers, launched from aircraft carriers, decimated the U.S Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbour (1941). Submarines were also extensively used both sides as the ultimate weapon of naval blockade, sinking large numbers of both merchant ships and warships. The Germans were the ones with most developed submarines (U-boats), and their success in World War 1 against British shipping was such that after its defeat Germany was not allowed to have any submarines at all. However, they ignored it and the u-boot fleet was developed quickly. From the 1939 they were an outright way of defeating the British.