The Dropping Of The Bomb In Hirsohims

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On August 6th 1945 the first atomic bomb was used for military purposes and caused mass destruction and devastation. The war in Europe had finished on the 8th of may yet the war in Japan still went on with little show of the Japanese stopping before the the last Japanese soldier had been killed, or the emperor surrendered. America got brought in to the war when their fleet was bombed at Pearl Harbour on the morning of December 7th 1941. Researchers from the allies began looking into the bomb in 1939 so they could beat the Germans to this weapon of mass destruction this was called the Manhattan Project, .This research progressed throughout the years of the war and on July 19 1945 the first atom bomb was tested, this had a code name of trinity.n This test went according to plan and the results were astounding to all who were there. J Robert Oppenheimer, the scientific director of the program quotes after the test “I am become death: the destroyer of worlds.” The 509th composite group was created in December 1944 and was a top secret training for the dropping of the atomic bombs, this training was so secretive that even the members involved didn’t know what they were signed up for and they didn’t know that it was for the bombing until very close to the time, this missions secretivity meant that the Japanese didn’t have a clue about the bomb until the bombers hit. At 8:15 on August 6th 1945 Little Boy (The atomic bomb) was dropped out of the enola gay (the aircrafts name) and exploded over Hiroshima at a height of 1900 feet above the city. The blast radius of total destruction was about 1 mile and the radius with fires from the explosion within 4.4 square miles. The resulting damage was colossal with an estimate of 130000 from Hiroshima killed within one year, they say that over 90% of those within 1600 feet of ground zero (where the bomb exploded)were killed by the bomb. As Japan did not surrender after this bomb was dropped they dropped a plutonium bomb on Nagasaki this bomb was called Fat Man and although the bomb was more powerful than the one used at hiroshima it did less damage because for the hilly terrain of Nagasaki. The damage was still huge, with an estimated 60,000 to 70,000 estimated killed by the bomb. On August the 14th 1945 The Japanese empire officially surrendered, bringing the war to a close. There have been many perspectives on this historical event, some think they should have dropped the bomb some think they shouldn’t have, I am going to examine both sides...

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