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Atomic Bomb

Atomic Bomb Atomic Bomb This report is about the Atomic Bomb, what it demolished, and what were different opinions on the war. Of course there were many different opinions, ranging from we didn’t have to do it. To it was the only thing that seemed possible to get the war stopped. And others wonder why it had to be over civilian homes and work places. Roosevelt knew all about the bomb.

The bomb was under a top-secret name called. THE MANHATTEN PROJECT! Albert Einstein and other nuclear physicists persuaded Roosevelt to set up a program for a bomb of such destruction before the Nazis did. 12 days into Truman’s reign as President he was notified of the top-secret bomb. And was asked what he wanted to do. He decided to drop the bomb as we all know. Henry L. Stimson Sec.

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Of War was the chief advisor to Roosevelt about the bomb. After F.D.R died and Truman took over, Truman had to rely strictly on what Stimson told him about the bomb since Truman eventhough he was V.P knew nothing about the new bomb being developed. As I read Stimson, Roosevelt and Truman had all been for dropping the bomb. Ralph Bards was Under Secretary of the Navy at the time was for dropping the bomb but he thought that Japan deserved some type of warning 2-3 days before actually dropping it. After the bomb was dropped he said that Japan would have made peace with giving them warning and in turn we “gave them all the tremendous things we gave them in those 5 days ..

Participation in the war”. Eisenhower did not like that idea of using the bomb. He didn’t like the fact that the U.S would initiate such a devastating weapon. On April 12, 1945 Truman was told that Roosevelt had died, shortly after he found out about the bomb. He never said if it was right or wrong.

After talking to Winston Churchill Prime Minister of England he made the decision after Churchill said if it would help end the war then go for it. On August 6th 1945 at 8:09 a.m. the first of 2 Atomic Bombs was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. The bomb devastated many millions of Square miles. Killed and burned many people. Hiroaki Ichikawa was 5 years old at the time and he said that People were so badly burnt that skin was hanging right off their bones.

After many children had been quoted and in which I just read, the crew of the bomber plane said that he expressed awe and shock. The flash blinded some of the men after the bomb exploded. Crewman Carry could only say “Holy Moses what a mess”. “My god” Said another crewman. ” What have we done”.

” This war is over,” shouted one man. Yet one crewman could only say “Good God could anyone live through that down there. As the plane made its long trip back to its base one crewman wrote to his son and this is basically what he said. This isn’t meant to read until your older but now one single plane can destroy and devastate a whole city. A journalist said that Truman never actually said yes to drop the bomb.

He described it as a little boy on a toboggan. He never was really given a chance to say yes. But he never uttered the words no don’t do it. Basically what he was trying to say was that Roosevelt and the people that knew about it before Truman were already making the decision. Many people ask if Japan was properly warned.

People say that if Japan knew that the U.S would drop such a devastating bomb they would have surrendered right then and there. But they say if the U.S had to drop the bomb they should have done it in a less populated area that would have just shown the enormous power of the bomb. I think that the bomb was the right thing to do. Maybe it shouldn’t have been dropped on such a populated area but you can’t second-guess what they did. They had to get this war over. This isn’t the first war that civilians have been killed in war. A lot of people who say that the bomb was the wrong thing to do doesn’t think of what the Japanese did to the U.S.

They killed and sunk many ships in their air raid in Pearl Harbor. I think that the Japanese deserved some warning. After all the Japanese did give warning of the Pearl Harbor attack. It was probably the right thing to do at the time. After the bomb was dropped and all the devastation was seen I think that everyone that was a part of building or the decision to make the bomb felt extremely bad.

I don’t think anyone realized the true devastation of this bomb. Terry Kimble.

Atomic Bomb

August 6th, 1945, 70,000 lives were ended in a matter of seconds. The United States had dropped an atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima. Today many argue over whether or not the US
should have taken such a drastic measure. Was it entirely necessary that we drop such a devastating weapon? Yes, it was.
First, we must look at what was going on at the time the decision was made. The US had been fighting a massive war since 1941. Morale was most likely low, and resources were probably at
the same level as morale. However, each side continued to fight, and both were determined to win. Obviously, the best thing that could have possibly happened would have been to bring the war to a quick end, with a minimum of casualties. What would have happened had the A-bomb not been used? The most obvious thing is that the war would have continued. US
forces; therefore, would have had to invade the home island of Japan. Imagine the number of casualties that could have occurred if this would have happened! Also, Allied Forces would not only have to fight off the Japanese military, but they would have to defend themselves against the civilians of Japan as well. It was also a fact that the Japanese government had been equipping the commoners with any kind of weapon they could get their hands on. It is true that this could mean a Japanese citizen could have anything from a gun to a spear, but many unsuspecting soldiers might have fallen victim to a surprise spear attack! The number of deaths that would have occurred would have been much greater, and an invasion would have taken a much longer period of time. The Japanese would have continued to fight the US with all of what they had; spears, guns, knives, whatever they could get their hands on, just as long as they continued to fight the enemy.
A counter argument for dropping the A bomb is that Japan was so low on resources due to the US blockade and could not resist for a long time. Japan obviously was very low on resources, however, Japanese civilians were ready to die with spears in their hands, surely the military
would do the same. Besides, the Japanese military did still have some resources to go on. So again I must bring out the fact that Japan could have continued to fight, and they would have. And Im sure anyone can realize what would happen if the war continued; more deaths. It was the atomic bomb that forced Japan to surrender and in turn saved thousands if not millions of lives.
I dont believe that Hiroshima and Nagasaki were the best places to bomb, due to the high civilian numbers; however, it is still my belief that the Atomic Bomb was necessary to end the war. Also, leaflets and warnings had been issued to the people of those cities warning them of an attack. Some say that the United States should have warned what kind of attack it would have
been. This however seems ridiculous to me. It shouldnt matter what kind of warning is given, a threat under such conditions should be taken seriously. I do not believe the second A-Bomb was necessary, it was dropped merely to show the supreme power of US government and warn USSR under Stalins rule. After the first bomb US government should have waited. The first bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6th 1945 and the second was dropped on Nagasaki three days later on 9th. The bombs caused a horrible destruction which was never seen before and the radioactive effects have been carried on over generations. I am certain that despite other arguments, the Atomic Bomb was a
necessity. Without it, the number of men that would have died on both sides far surpasses that of the number that were killed in the droppings of both Atomic Bombs. Lets face it, the goal of
waging war is victory with minimum losses on ones own side, and if possible a minimum amount of losses on the enemys side. The Atomic Bomb cut losses to a minimum and drew war to an end quickly. It was a military necessity. However the second bomb was unnecessary and I believe was only dropped to assure political superiority for the post war era.

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