The bombing of Hiroshima
By Mason Bailey
The location of the bomb was very disputed, but the final decision was made to drop it on Hiroshima, a very strong city occupied by the Japanese. it exploded over a train station in the middle of the city, destroying over 80 percent of the city.
Images of the aftermath
Survivor Staring In Awe
A survivor is staring at the rubble of a destroyed building.
A City In Ruins
A small city block. Destroyed by the massive bomb.
Twisted Metal From The Blast.
A bridge that was twisted and destroyed by the intense force and heat.
Japan had been given many chances to surrender, but did not want to for honorable reasons. American leaders started to plan an invasion on the Japanese that would have ended in many casualties on both sides. The bomb was dropped to stop that invasion, and even though it killed many people, more would have died in battle.
Harry S. Truman was President of the United States at the time, and he was the man who ordered the bomb to be dropped. Only a few people knew of the bomb, including some of the flight members of the Enola Gay and some important military leaders. Many people were killed, and the survivors after the bomb felt the horrible side effects such as cancer, burns and birth defects in their children