Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Trinity Site

I guess they had all the wires in the correct place yesterday on the "Gadget", and on July 16, 1945 the device was detonated. The picture above was taken 3 one-hundredths of a second after detonation. With this successful, and super secretive test, the world entered the Nuclear Age.


  1. WOW, look at that power

    After the first bomb dropped on Japan, how could they think they could keep on fighting?
    You would think they would be falling all over themselves try to raise a white flag and surrender.
    Why did they make us drop a second bomb?
    But I guess that shows how military people think.
    The truth was they weren't thinking when they went to war against the USA. Their successes against ill equipped countries must have gone to their heads.
    I guess they must have thought we were soft, and wouldn't put up much of a fight.

    As any one else has found out "DON'T MESS WITH THE US"

  2. Behold I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.

  3. Politicians make wars and young men fight and die for them.

  4. I guess the "secret test" didn't stay secret for too long. There's only so much you can blame on swamp gas and weather balloons.

    The Dept. of War estimated we would take over 100,000 casualties invading the Japanese main islands (in lieu of the A-bomb). My dad and many others slotted for that invasion were pretty glad how things turned out.


  5. I believe that the 100,009 was just for the opening months of combat on the southern island of Kyushu. The Japanese were rapidly reinforcing southern Kyushu and had increased troop strength from 80,000 to 206,000 men.
    They had put the total at 1,000,000 for invading all of Japan

  6. The Trinity Site is open for visits twice each year on the first Saturday of October and April. To stand where that explosion took place is a very odd experience and worth the trip (as thousands do each open house).

    More at:

  7. I had heard that the Japanese didn't think we had the capacity to create two bombs. That's why they didn't surrender after Hiroshima.

  8. This is a fascinating week and I am thoroughly enjoying your knowledgable commentary as well as the photos. Thank you.

  9. Oh my. No words for that one.

  10. You know Marc, there is no way in heck I would even want to take the chance that my enemy didn't have more than one.
    But it still took them 6 days to surrender after the second bomb went off.

  11. Roger; the Allies dropped 4.3 million tons of bombs. Hitler would not give up until it all came tumbling down on him.


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