To What Extent Was The Atomic Bomb Dbq

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Atomic Bomb DBQ As the end of World War II was coming, the United States created one of the most powerful and destructive weapon known in humanity. The weapon, which was called the atomic bomb, was used on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. President Truman decided to drop the atomic bomb in order to intimidate the Soviet Union, showing that the U.S. was a very strong military. In addition, it was a strictly military measure designed to force Japan’s unconditional surrender, because Truman knew that the Japanese would not surrender, and was almost give little option into using or not using the bomb. Japan had also been warned that the bomb would be released on Japan, but made no motion to consider surrendering. At the time, President Truman and much of the U.S. government was concerned about the Soviet Union, who had tremendous military power. They were superior in military tactics and weaponry, giving them the upper hand. But with the atomic bomb, they had finally been able to overcome the Soviet’s Union’s military advantage. As Truman had written in his diary, “certainly a good thing for the world that Hitler’s crowd or Stalin’s did not discover this atomic bomb…but it can be made useful.” (Doc D). By launching the atomic bomb, it would set of a “brilliant luminescence which would rise to a height of 10,000 to…show more content…
The Japanese were not giving up without a fight and were literally going to fight to the death before they would give up. Hiroshima was chosen because it was considered an “army city” (Doc E) It contained a major port, and many other militant locations. President Truman specifically wrote, “This is to be used…so that military objectives and soldiers and sailors are the target.” (Doc D) he also wrote that the target was “purely military” and gave a statement warning Japan of their plans to bomb Hiroshima and
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