2b. Reading Handout - Teacher Key.doc - The End of the War in Asia After the Allied victory in Europe the war in Asia continued By the middle of 1945

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The End of the War in AsiaAfter the Allied victory in Europe, the war in Asia continued. By the middle of 1945, most of the Japanese air force and navy had been destroyed, but the army was still strong. In March 1945, the Americans, the main Allied force in the Pacific, had begun bombing Japanese cities trying to force them to surrender. Although these bombing attacks destroyed cities and killed thousands of people, the Japanese promised to “fight to the last person” and not surrender.For some time, American and British scientists had been working on the Manhattan Project, a top-secret plan to develop an atomic bomb. In 1942, Canada was told about the project and was asked to contribute uranium, an important part of the bomb.On August 6, 1945, an American bomber plane named the Enola Gay (pilot’s mother’s name) dropped an atomic bomb named Little Boy over the city of Hiroshima. The destruction produced by the bomb had never been experienced before: approximately 70,000 people were killed and another 100,000 injured. But, Japan still did not surrender! Three days later, the USA dropped another bomb called Fat Manon the city of
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