The Use of Atomic Bombs In Hiroshima and Nagasaki

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The Use of Atomic Bombs In Hiroshima and Nagasaki It was the summer of 1945 and President Harry Truman had a decision to make. The war with Japan was growing very long and our troops were very tired and the nation
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was at the point where the war had gone on long enough. President Truman had the ultimate trump card, which had been in the making since the early 1940s. This trump card was the atomic bomb that was produced through the Manhattan Project. After numerous practice trial runs with the bomb in Los Alamos, New Mexico the President believed the bomb was ready for use. With the Allie troops close enough to Japan to easily make an attack on the island President Truman decided that the time had come to drop the atomic bomb. On August 6, 1945 the atomic bomb “Little Boy” was dropped on the city of Hiroshima. Within three days a second bomb was dropped. This one coming on August 9, 1945 named “Fat Man” the bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki. President Truman was prepared to drop at least one more bomb towards the end of August, also three in September and October. Lucky for Japan on August 15, 1945 they announced their surrender to the Allie troops. If not they would have had to deal with the effect of a possible seven more atomic bombs. There were over 140,000 people that lost their lives in the bombings of Hiroshima and 80,000 in Nagasaki. These numbers do not really tell how man people have actually died, because there have been numerous cases of people dying from the effects of radiation from the bombs. President Truman’s use of the atomic bomb proved very successful in that the war ended just nine days after dropping the first bomb, but was the use of the atomic bomb justified due to the number of innocent civilians that died? After the Victory in Europe President Truman now focused all of his attention in the Pacific. With the strategic method of island hopping the Allie troops slowly got closer to attacking Japan. When our troops were directly outside of Japan President Truman had to make a decision. He basically had two options. The first being that the
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President could send the troops on to the Island and directly attack Japan. The positives
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course H 110.3 taught by Professor Selfe during the Spring '08 term at Ohio State.

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