The decision to use the atomic weapon and the justification to use that weapon is a subject that has been debated for the past70 years. President Harry S. Truman felt that the atomic bomb had to be used enemy targets. He said “Having found the bomb we have used it. We have used it against those who attacked us without warning at Pearl Harbor, against those who have starved and beaten and exacted American prisoners of war, against those who have abandoned all pretense of obeying international laws of warfare. We have used it in order to shorten the agony of war, in order to save the lives of thousands and thousands of you of Americans” The debate has grown over whether the atomic bombings were necessary to save lives and win the war, and he argued to drop it after the choice whether or not to use the atomic bomb.
On the 6th august 1945 the first atomic bomb ‘little boy’ was to be dropped on foreign soil for the first time from Enola gay to Hiroshima, japan. Harry. S Truman (the president of the USA at the time) commanded for the dropping of the bomb in an attempt to make Japan surrender. The bomb destroyed Hiroshima and over 70,000 people were instantly killed the in blast. Then just three days after the first bomb the second atomic bomb, 'Fat Man' was dropped over Nagasaki on August 9th, 1945 about at least 50,000 people were killed because of the blast.
A few days later another Japanese city, Nagasaki, was obliterated by a second atomic bomb. These attacks were in an effort to end World War II promptly. But were these horrific attacks necessary? Japan had already been shattered in the previous year,
August 6 1945, moments after the humming of a B-29 was out of hearing range, an extremely bright flash of light and a large boom came over the Japanese city Hiroshima. The orange glowing mushroom cloud signaled the quick destruction of Hiroshima, this was the first of two atomic bomb droppings on Japan during World War II. The decision to drop the two A- bombs was made by the United States in order to bring an end to WWII. However, was dropping the Atomic Bomb necessary to end World War II? The Potsdam Declaration, issued in July, demanded that Japan surrender unconditionally by August third or face “prompt and utter destruction.” The Japanese did not surrender, and destruction promptly came in the form of the atom bomb.
Natalie Schwartz Intercultural Communication COM 213- Jean DeNiro Historical Perspective Paper Fall 2011 Pace University November 29th, 2011 On August 6th, 1945 the United States used nuclear weapons to bomb the Japanese city of Nagasaki. Just three days later, on August 9th, 1945 they bombed Hiroshima. This was the first and only time nuclear weapons have been utilized during war. Most Americans supported President Truman’s decision to use the atomic bomb on Japan because it was for the purpose of saving lives and ending the war in order to prevent a land invasion. Americans were also horrified at the event of Pearl Harbor, a naval base on the southern coast of Hawaii, was attacked by Japanese planes, causing the United States to
If you had been an advisor to Truman in the discussions leading up to the decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan, what would you have advised him and why? "The atom bomb was no 'great decision'“ -President Harry S. Truman. July 16th 1945-the day the Manhattan Project had accomplished its primary goal; building an Atomic Bomb. The theory for the Atomic Bomb was that the atoms in plutonium would rid themselves of billions of neutrons which, in turn, would split other atoms causing a massive chain reaction. This immeasurable release of energy would be the cause of the destruction of two Japanese cities, and perhaps America’s worst offensive move in the history of war.
In this essay the bombing of Japan by the US will be analysed and justified in my personal opinion. The bombs dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 9th 1945 and August 8th 1945 was completely necessary. The result of the atomic bomb being dropped meant that it ended the devastating Second World War, Japan learnt the error of its ways: they were barbaric and cruel to the allied prisoners they had captured; they did not follow the Geneva Convention. Also it ended many other conflicts with Japan. On August 9, 1945, President Harry Truman decided to drop and atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan.
When a city gets vaporized and a decision to surrender can’t be made within three days, I would assume that surrender isn’t coming and drop another bomb. I know it sounds like I have little regard for life, but you have to think differently when you fight an enemy that isn’t afraid to die. If you take away the honor of dying in battle, then that may make death slightly less desirable. Finally, I think that the usage of the atomic bombs against Japan
The Manhattan Project In the beginning of World War II, German dictator Adolf Hitler gained interest in developing an immense amount of energy by splitting uranium nuclei. During this time he began planning research for creating an atomic bomb. American physicist, Leo Sziland was fearful of this. He and Nobel peace prize recipient, Albert Einstein penned a letter to the United States president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, prompting him to build the atomic bomb before Hitler could. (White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki) The United States along with the United Kingdom would embark on a race to build the first atomic bomb.