Could the bombing of Hiroshima be considered a war crime?


Ad Honoris
Jul 2013
San Antonio, Tx
Hiroshima was a military target. If you choose too put military force in a city full of civilians you make your civilians targets.
Don’t forget that a goodly amount of war production in Japan was conducted on an artisanal basis in residential areas.


Ad Honoris
Jul 2013
San Antonio, Tx
Hiroshima and Nagasaki held little strategic use; if they had then why hadn't they been bombed earlier. The utter destruction of the towns military and civilian populations was another message that the US meant business when it came to doing whatever it took to bring the war to a conclusion.

Otherwise surely they would have nuked some of the islands tjat marines had had to clear out.
Um, no, because the bombs were not ready at that time. Here’s the big irony: the A-Bomb was originally intended for use against Germany but it was completed too late. If Japan had surrendered at the same time as Germany, no atomic bombs would have been dropped at all. Think about that.
Jun 2011
The Old Dominion
Hiroshima and Nagasaki targeting, listed in “Air Target Intelligence Japanese War – Target Analysis by Areas,” volumes 6 and 8 respectively, Joint Target Group, Washington, DC., 1945.

  • Army Transport Base, north side of Ujina Harbor at southeast edge of Hiroshima 34⁰13’N 132⁰33’E
  • Army Ordnance Depot, southeast edge of Hiroshima 34⁰23’N 132⁰29’E
  • Army Food Depot, southeast of Hiroshima, just northwest of Army Transport Base 34⁰22’N 132⁰28’E
  • Army Clothing Depot, southwest edge of Hiroshima 34⁰22’N 132⁰29’E
  • East Hiroshima Railroad Station, north edge of Hiroshima, north of river Hiroshima 34⁰24’N 132⁰28’E
  • Mitsubishi Electric Manufacturing Co, about 3 miles north of castle and military zone in north center of Hiroshima 34⁰26’N 132⁰28’E
  • Ujina Shipbuilding Co, on east coast of Ujina Island 34⁰21’N 132⁰28’E
  • Tyo Industry, on east bank of east branch of Kyobashi River about 1½ miles above mouth near Hiroshima 34⁰22’N 132⁰31’E
  • Japan Steel Co Hiroshima Plant near Hiroshima about 1 mile east of mouth of east branch of Kyobashi River 34⁰22’N 132⁰31’E
  • Kanokawa Oil Storage, on west side of Kanokawa Bay in Nishi Nomi islands, about 12 miles south of Hiroshima 34⁰11’N 132⁰26’E
  • Otake Oil Refinery, on west side of Hiroshima Bay on bay shore at Otake 34⁰12’N 132⁰14’E
  • Ota-gawa Railroad Bridge, Hiroshima 34⁰24’N 132⁰28’E

  • Akunoura Engine Works, at Akunoura on west side of Nagasaki harbor 32⁰44’N 129⁰52’E
  • Mitsubishi Dockyard, on west side of Nagasaki harbor between Tategami and Akunoura 32⁰44’N 129⁰51’E
  • Tategami Shipyard, on west side of Nagasaki harbor at Tategami 32⁰44’N 129⁰51’E
  • Kozaki Point Oil Storage, at 6 points below Tategami, west Nagasaki harbor, on both sides of Kozaki point 32⁰43’N 129⁰51’E
  • Mitsubishi Steel and Arms Works, at Urakami, northwest Nagasaki on east bank of Urakami River 32⁰45’N 129⁰52’E
  • Hayashi Commercial Company Engine Works, northwest Nagasaki harbor across from Nagasaki and Dejima Wharves and railroad yards and ¼ mile east of Mitsubishi Electric Mfg Co Nagasaki plant 32⁰45’N 129⁰52’E
  • Mistubishi Electric Manufacturing Company Nagasaki Plant, northwest Nagasaki harbor across from city and adjoining Ajunoura Engine Works to the southwest 32⁰43’N 129⁰51’E
  • Takashima Colliery, on Taka Shima about 8 miles south-southwest of Nagasaki 32⁰40’N 129⁰41’E
  • Ha Shima Colliery, on Ha Shima about 10 miles south-southwest of Nagasaki 32⁰37’N 129⁰45’E
  • Kawanami Industry Company Shipyard, northeast part of Keyagi island, Nagasaki harbor 32⁰42’N 129⁰49’E
  • Nagasaki and Dejima Wharves and Railroad Yards, in Nagasaki on east shore of inner harbor, around mouth of Nakashima River to about 1 mile southward 32⁰45’N 129⁰52’E
It twould appear that there were a plenty targets.
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