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Old August 6th, 2006, 11:12 AM   #1

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August 6th 1945, Atomic Bomb Dropped on Hiroshima


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August 6

1945 Atomic bomb is dropped on Hiroshima

On this day in 1945, at 8:16 a.m. Japanese time, an American B-29 bomber, the Enola Gay, drops the world's first atom bomb, over the city of Hiroshima. Approximately 80,000 people are killed as a direct result of the blast, and another 35,000 are injured. At least another 60,000 would be dead by the end of the year from the effects of the fallout.

U.S. President Harry S. Truman, discouraged by the Japanese response to the Potsdam Conference's demand for unconditional surrender, made the decision to use the atom bomb to end the war in order to prevent what he predicted would be a much greater loss of life were the United States to invade the Japanese mainland. And so on August 5, while a "conventional" bombing of Japan was underway, "Little Boy," (the nickname for one of two atom bombs available for use against Japan), was loaded onto Lt. Col. Paul W. Tibbets' plane on Tinian Island in the Marianas. Tibbets' B-29, named the Enola Gay after his mother, left the island at 2:45 a.m. on August 6. Five and a half hours later, "Little Boy" was dropped, exploding 1,900 feet over a hospital and unleashing the equivalent of 12,500 tons of TNT. The bomb had several inscriptions scribbled on its shell, one of which read "Greetings to the Emperor from the men of the Indianapolis" (the ship that transported the bomb to the Marianas).

There were 90,000 buildings in Hiroshima before the bomb was dropped; only 28,000 remained after the bombing. Of the city's 200 doctors before the explosion; only 20 were left alive or capable of working. There were 1,780 nurses before-only 150 remained who were able to tend to the sick and dying.

According to John Hersey's classic work Hiroshima, the Hiroshima city government had put hundreds of schoolgirls to work clearing fire lanes in the event of incendiary bomb attacks. They were out in the open when the Enola Gay dropped its load.

There were so many spontaneous fires set as a result of the bomb that a crewman of the Enola Gay stopped trying to count them. Another crewman remarked, "It's pretty terrific. What a relief it worked."
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Old August 8th, 2006, 07:56 AM   #2

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too bad


And that's what ya get if you sneak up and start a war with the USA. If we consider all the horrible autrocities commited by the "Empire of Japan" during the 30's and 40's, then Japan got off light....bomb or no bomb. If you have any doubts, remember Manchuria, the Phillipines, Bataan, slave camps, Indonesia and south east Asia.

I have no pitty for THAT GENERATION of Japanese.
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Old August 8th, 2006, 02:45 PM   #3

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And that's what ya get if you sneak up and start a war with the USA. If we consider all the horrible autrocities commited by the "Empire of Japan" during the 30's and 40's, then Japan got off light....bomb or no bomb. If you have any doubts, remember Manchuria, the Phillipines, Bataan, slave camps, Indonesia and south east Asia.

I have no pitty for THAT GENERATION of Japanese.
I agree. Its really a shame that the dropping of the atomic bombs has somewhat pushed aside the attrocities that Japan had been committing since the 1920's. I come across people who have the mindstate that the timeline of Japanese aggression started at Pearl Harbor and they more than often haven't heard about such things as the Rape of Nanking or the nearly 100,000 woman taken in as "comfort women," for the Japanese military.

Nevertheless, it always astounds me how the United States were able to bounce back after Pearl Harbor. Especially at battles like the ones at Coral Sea and Midway, just flat out excellent strategy and planning in the face of a much larger and experienced Japanese force.
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The first thread, wow. It is quite fascinating to be here.
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cool yay!!!
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Old November 29th, 2012, 03:16 PM   #6

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Lol - I was going to post on it but paused, unsure if it way the right thing to do. He who hestitates and all that. Here now though - yay!
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* Doors open guys!*
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Old November 29th, 2012, 03:20 PM   #8

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It's indeed an honour to be in this thread. Out of respect for Commander, who founded this site, i'll give my two cents about his question in return for the privilege and in line with the posting guidelines.

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... Another crewman remarked, "It's pretty terrific. What a relief it worked."
I think it is understandable, them being professionals doing what they are trained to do and bringing a project to an end. They could not foresee the consequences nor conceive the horror i suppose. It is a great testimony to human cynicism and ruthlessness. Destruction can be beautiful. Didn't the Romans say that it was great to see the blood of other peoples on foreign coasts?
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Lol - I was going to post on it but paused, unsure if it way the right thing to do. He who hestitates and all that. Here now though - yay!
he who hesitates fails???
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Old November 29th, 2012, 03:25 PM   #10

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It's a scary comment, really. Though I can understand the relief part, considering the alternative was to invade by land, with tens of thousands of American casualties.
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