Monday, May 16, 2011

Hiroshima Bombing

On July 26, 1945 the United States issued an ultimatum to Japan. The ultimatum demanded unconditional surrender, or Japan would face complete destruction. While there was no mention of a new Super Weapon, the ultimatum was very strongly worded. The Japanese did not surrender, and on August 6, 1945 the crew of the Enola Gay dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. The blast is pictured above. The picture was taken from the tail of the B-29 Superfortress that dropped the bomb.

The decision to drop the bomb is debated to this very day.


  1. I realize that a lot of people died in those bomb blasts, but there would have been 30 or 40 times as many or much more if we had to invade the Japanese islands.
    The estimate was that there would be well over a million American casualties in the invasion. The Japanese showed that they would rather commit suicide rather than surrender. When the USA was invading other islands the Japanese that died was close to 100 %. Hardly any would surrender.
    So the bomb saved a lot of both American and a lot more Japanese lives

  2. By the way check your poll again.
    After all you did buy EAM a nice watch for her graduation

  3. For sure a profound time in world history. The subject has always been an interest of mine. I played with the modern version of these weapons during my stint in the USAF. I sure hope there will come a day when we won't need to keep them around anymore.

    Anyway, great job with Atomic Week!

  4. We did what needed to be done to end the war.

  5. i did a project in high school on hiroshima, very interesting :)

  6. As I mentioned last week, I used to know a lady who had survived the Hiroshima blast. She was 12 at the time. Her father was killed becaue he worked very near the epicenter of the blast. She, her mom and sister were at home, which was somewhat protected by a hill that was between them and the epicenter.

    She said that even at the age of 12, the school girls were being trained to use sharpened bamboo spears in case of an American invasion. The Japanese were utterly determined to defend their homeland. I'm certain any invasion would have been a horror topping what happened in Russian and in Europe.


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