ATOMIC BOMBS HIT JAPAN
The U.S. drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Leading Up To The Bombs
In December of 1941, Japan dropped a bomb on a military base in Hawaii called Pearl Harbor. By the Japanese doing so, they pulled the United States into World War II. A year later, J. Robert Oppenheimer becomes the new director to secretly create and test bombs which is named The Manhattan Project. While still in the process of creating the bombs three years later, Hitler gave the official surrender which ended the war in Europe which directed the United States's attention on Japan because the bombs were originally set for Germany. A couple of months after Hitler's surrender on July 16th, 1945, the U.S. test the world's first atomic bomb in New Mexico which turns out to be a big success. President Harry Truman, a few months later on August 6th, 1945, he decides to use his success on Japan by bombing Hiroshima and three days later, Nagasaki.
Atomic Bomb Photos
Hiroshima Mushroom Cloud
Little Boy Bomb
The Little Boy bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945
Fat man Bomb
The Fat Man bomb was dropped on Nagasaki on August 9th, 1945
The Justification Of Using The Bombs
Although this is the main reason, some do believe that another reason Truman decided to drop the bombs was to get back at Japan for bombing Pearl Harbor which is also a good possibility.
The Effects On Civilians
Afterwards, radiation started to kick in causing hair loss and skin peeling off. Radiation has also been detected to cause many cancers years after the bombs along with birth defects.
Hair loss was a common effect after the atomic bombs were dropped
Many Japanese had skin either peeling or burnt off
Birth Defected Baby
Baby's years after were born with defects
Even though this was defiantly a choice for Truman, he wanted to get out of the war as soon as possible so he did what he thought would in the long run be a quicker and safer route for his Americans.
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