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The Usefulness Of The Atomic Bomb In World War Ii

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With America and Britain’s supplies and money quickly becoming exhausted towards the end of World War II, the war with Japan had to cease. Even though the US had significantly weakened their numbers, the US needed a strong military win to get Japan to surrender. Without the use of the atomic bomb the war between Japan and America could’ve persisted for a few more years, but with the bombing or Hiroshima and Nagasaki the war was ended swiftly and with fewer casualties than if the war had continued. For these reasons, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was a military necessity and a scientific experiment.
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Truman and Prime Minister of Britain, Winston Churchill, while Secretary of War, Henry L. Stimson agreed. In Document D, Truman states, “…and when I talked to Churchill, he unhesitatingly told me that he favored the use of the atomic bomb if it might aid to end the war.” Stimson agrees in his essay, “The destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki put an end to the Japanese war. It stopped the fire raid and the strangling blockade; it ended the ghastly specter of a class of great land armies… (Document C)” The dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki wiped out many of Japan’s remaining supplies and military and showed America’s force, which caused Japan to surrender six days later.
The use of the atomic bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was equally as much an act of diplomacy as an act of military power. Then, Soviet Russia intended on entering the war with Japan, but Dwight D. Eisenhower “…foresaw certain difficulties arising out of such participation… (Document F)” Eisenhower had predicted complications in the future had the Soviets entered the war on Japan, creating an even worse war than there was before. Avoiding war with the Russian communist group, the Bolsheviks, was another reason to end the war as quickly and efficiently as possible. As Herbert Feis points out, another reason to use the atomic bomb was to impress Russia and use this impressment to help America and Britain achieve satisfactory peace. With ending the war before Russia entered America could remain friendly with Russia and...

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