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Why Was The Atomic Bomb Was Used?

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On 6th August 1945, the first of the two fatal bombs was dropped on the army base of Hiroshima. Three days later on the 9th August, the second was dropped on Nagasaki. Both bombs caused widespread damage to Japan, and the knock on effects of radiation have caused the number of those killed to increase every year since 1945, totalling nearly 240,000 deaths. Therefore, those who designed and invented the bomb must have had strong reasons as to why it should be used, rather than the conventional bombs.The first of these reasons as to why the American government decided to carry out the attacks is because for the four years prior to the use of atomic weapons, the Japanese had fought viciously and ferociously and this amounted in the cost of many American lives, nearly three hundred thousand deaths during the Second World War. The USA government wanted to finish the war quickly with minimum casualties, as the cost in human lives of the war was far too much and they couldn't afford to waste any more lives. Advisors in 1945 told president Truman that if the war were not finished quickly, then it would go on until 1946, maybe even '47, with the cost of up to another one million American lives. The day after the first bomb was dropped, president Truman explained why he did order the attack by stating, "...we have used it (the atomic bomb) in order to save the lives of thousands and thousands of young Americans...". The Japanese army also had a further four million troops, and 4,800 kamikaze aircraft (aircraft filled with high explosives that were flown by a pilot willing to sacrifice his life by flying the plane into an American ship). The Japanese had shown that they were prepared to fight in such a manner, as they thought it was more honourable to die in battle than surrender and therefore many soldiers volunteered to die by 'suicide'. This was demonstrated at the battle of Iwo Jima in March 1945, out of 22,000 Japanese troops, only 200 hundred came out alive. And many of these only surrendered as they were too injured to commit suicide. At the battle of Okinawa, the Japanese kamikaze planes sunk 15 US vessels and damaged a further 200. The Americans knew that invading Japan would be far too costly, and needed a quick and sure way of ending the war, even if it meant dropping the bombs.Another main reason why they wanted to end the war quickly was because of the Soviet Union. The Americans were cautious of Stalin's plans in the East as well as the West, and knew that if the war was prolonged, then the USSR would surely get involved, which meant that when it was over they would occupy parts of East Asia. This theory was proved when in May 1945 when the war in Europe ended, the USSR was found to be in control of most of Eastern Europe. This would give them the building blocks to go on and begin the spread of communism, which the West feared. The Americans didn't want this happening in the East, and therefore they needed to end the war convincingly and...

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