- Feb 2014
- South Carolina, USA
Japan surrendered because their industry and economy had collapsed, the brutal firebombing campaign had destroyed public support for the war, two atomic bombs were dropped to be possibly followed by a third, and now they had a new enemy with the potential to easily undo all their gains on the Asian mainland. Even the stalemate in China and defeats in SEA no doubt played a small role, but the most immediate and decisive blows came in the form of two atomic bombs and Soviet intervention. Maybe the Soviets did play a more decisive role than the bombs, but it's irrelevant, the atomic weapons and the Soviets played a big part, without both they would've surrendered some weeks or months later.