The Use Of Atomic Bombs In Japan

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In August of 1945, atomic bombs were dropped on Heroshima and Nagasaki in Japan. Both cities were destroyed and approximately 200,000 people were killed. Japan surrendered just six days after the bombs were dropped on August 15, 1945. The use of the atomic bombs were not necessary to end World War II, however using the bombs ended the war much faster and saved the lives of many soldiers and civilians. Even after the surrender of Nazi Germany on May 8th, the war against Japan continued. The United States threatened to destroy Japan in the Potsdam declaration, but this threat was ignored by the Japanese. This prompted the use of the atom bomb. The first atom bomb was dropped on Heroshima on August 6. Three days later, another atom bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. It is estimated that between 150,000 and 250,000 people were killed as a result of the bombings. However, once the Japanese government witnessed the destructive power of the bombs, they had no choice but to surrender. Had the bombs not been used, the war would have gone on for much longer.…show more content…
Operation Downfall was developed to seize control of the Japanese mainland. A study conducted by the Secretary of War stated that an estimated 1 to 4 million American soldiers would be killed during the invasion. It was also estimated that between 5 and 10 million Japanese soldiers and civilians would be killed. This was largely due to the fact that the Japanese mainland would be defended at all costs and that civilians would be forced to aid in the fight. The number of people that were killed by the atom bombs was significantly less than the number of people that would have been killed during the
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