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Unformatted text preview: The Atomic Bombs
The Manhattan Project…Los Alamos, NM under J. Robert Oppenheimer…..Einstein is convinced the Germans are close to unlocking the power to atomic energy….we had Germans on the Manhattan Project….FDR put forth two billion dollars on this bomb…June 18, 1945 Truman approved invasion of Japan Uranium 235 possibly over 1.5 million USA troops would be used….the message is given to the new president, Harry Truman, at the Potsdam Conference….
July 16, 1945 first test of atomic weapons at Alamogordo, NM…
President Truman is at the Potsdam Conference in July of 1945 and is told the weapon worked!
August 6, 1945, Col. Paul Tibbets…Tinian…Enola Gay….at 8:15 in the morning, they dropped the first atomic bomb (uranium) on Hiroshima and a blinding flash of light and funnel shape cloud will rise up…70,000 died instantly, of the dead 95% if them were women, children, and noncombatants….
August 9, 1945 the second bomb (plutonium) nicknamed “fat boy” is dropped the planes named the Bockscar…it was supposed to land at Kokura but it was cloudy so they dropped it at the secondary target Nagasaki…40,000 people died…
The moral dilemma why did we drop the bombs? To end the war quickly
To save US lives
Contain the expansion of the USSR August 10, 1945, Japan surrendered VJ Day….
The war had tremendous costs 50 million humans killed…over 400,000 Americans… ...
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This note was uploaded on 10/16/2011 for the course AMH 2010 taught by Professor Pietrzak during the Spring '11 term at Broward College.
- Spring '11