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Trying to find a way to prevent an Okinawa incident across Japan, President Truman talked to his advisors. The Navy thought a Naval blockade and aerial bombardment of Japan would be best choice. The Army argued that since a blockade could last a long time and bombardment against Germany hosted no results, another invasion was necessary. Truman knewthat another invasion meant fighting against people who were ready to fight to the death. Men, women, and children would be armed waiting for the American forces to set foot on another island. Regardless Truman still agreed with the invasion. Some of Japan’s leaders wanted to surrender but it would involve ridiculous terms. They thought the Soviet Union would arrange peace with the United States for them without them having to surrendering but it would never materialize. On several occasions the United States invited Japan to the peace table but the Japanese government refused to acknowledge them. A last attempt was made to contact Tokyo, but the Japanese government again gave the United States the silence treatment.President Truman knew the only way for Japan to surrender was to force them. Truman, being a veteran from the previous war, knew the toll the American military members were paying. Throughout the war in the Pacific, Japan proved time and time again that they were not giving up any land they held without a bitter and grisly fight. The American Military took heavy causalities with every island they took, therefore they knew that the fight to take the main islands
of Japan would be much worse and just as difficult. President Truman, feeling like he had no other choice, gave the order to drop the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6th, 1945. Although Japan hoped the Soviet Union would not attack them, on August 9th, 1945, the Russians declared war on Japan and invaded Manchuria. Later that evening the United States dropped a second atomic bomb on Nagasaki Japan. These two atomic bombs would later lead to Japans surrender on September 2nd, 1945.
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World War II, President of the United States, Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki