"The time will come when mankind will curse the name of Los Alamos and Hiroshima (Hawkins 1983 260-261)." When nuclear weapons were first discovered back in the 1940's, no one knew the force they were going to have on the world. Many lives were taken when the United States of America dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. These lives could have been saved if the communication between the United States and Japan were better. Those bombs should never have been dropped.
The Most Important Event of World War Two It was quite probably the most important event of World War II. Its consequences were greater than those of any other event of the war. On the morning of August 6, 1945, a B-29 bomber named Enola Gay flew over the Japanese industrial city of Hiroshima and dropped the first atomic bomb through its hatches. The city went up in a fireball, causing destruction unlike anything the world had ever seen. The fact that it killed one hundred thousand people instantly made the atomic bomb known as an instrument of terrible destruction, the fact that it helped bring about the Japanese surrender and thus ended the Pacific war made the bomb an effective deterrent of war.
Two days after the first bomb was dropped the U.S.S.R declared war on Japan. On August 9, we dropped the bomb on Nagasaki at about 10:58 AM. The results were slightly greater than the Hiroshima bomb. This bomb caused these cities to turn into complete rubble, there was nothing left standing with in a four square mile radius of where the bomb hit. So on September 2, 1945; General MacArthur accepts Japans formal surrender aboard battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay.
The atomic bomb was used by the Americans in Japan, on two separate occasions, the first one on the 6th of August in 1945, during World War II; the U.S dropped nuclear atomic bombs in Japan in Hiroshima which was named “Little Boy” and the second one was dropped on Nagasaki three days later called “Fat Boy,” The two bombings, killed around 129,000 people. This was the first and last time in human history that nuclear bombs were used in warfare. In Hiroshima, Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer, who watched the explosion from 20 miles away, was reminded of a verse in the Hindu scripture The Bhagavad Gita: "I am become DEATH, the destroyer of worlds" ("The Agony."). What an event in time that shook the Earth to its core. Countries, continents and, countryman
4 In conclusion The Manhattan project was one of the most important and expensive projects ever done in the United States to this time. The drip of the bomb probably could have been stopped but the US decided to take the action which killed thousands and injured millions. The dropping of the bomb forever changed the meaning of war for all citizens of the world. Bibliography 1 Atomic Bomb : Decision – Target Committee -- http://www.dannen.com/decision/targets.html#E 2 Atomic Archive - Explore the History, Science, and Consequences of the Atomic Bomb – http://www.atomicarchive.com/main.shtml 3 CD-ROM and Online Encarta Encyclopedia 99 4 The Manhattan Project -- http://www.gis.net/~carter/manhattan/ 5 The Avalon Project : The Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki -- http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/abomb/mpmenu.html
Besides the initial blast winds that an Atomic Bomb gives off, people may be killed by several other things including heat rays, radiation and the implosion of their home. Robert S. Oppenheimer, was the father of the Atomic Bomb. After Albert Einstein stated that if the Nazi’s made a nuclear weapon first, the results would be devastating. Due to this, Oppenheimer decided to race to develop such a weapon, before the Nazi’s. On August 6, 1945, the first Atomic Bomb used in warfare, was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan.
The Use of Nuclear Power As a Weapon August 6th,1945 is not a day to be forgotten.It marks the world’s first use of an atomic bomb, which was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima by the US Military. Three days later, the USA dropped a second atomic bomb on the city of Nagasaki, bringing WW II to an end. In total, more than 140.000 people were estimated to be killed. Although the most memorable effects of the atomic bomb were the mass amounts of death, the development of the atomic bomb has greatly influenced American society and the world. The scientific development surrounding the atomic bomb has been a pivotal point in the world’s history, launching us into the Atomic Age.
The atomic bomb became known as the “Manhattan Project” and was created to settle the war that was going on. Atomic bombs create an explosion of heat and visible ultraviolet and inferred rays that flattens anything in its way of 30,000 feet, while going 360 feet per second. Nothing is left untouched, destroying everything in its sight. Before the Manhattan Project was even created, President Truman tested to see if the bombs would actually work. Truman funded his testing research from own money to make sure it would be successful.
Dropping the Atomic Bomb When looking at the aftermath of the atomic bomb in both Nagasaki and Hiroshima the devastation it caused is evident. The majority of the population in Japan could have never imagined such a catastrophic event. On August 6, 1945 and August 9, 1945 massive amounts of lives were changed forever when an atomic bomb fell from the sky and created an explosion as bright as the sun. These two bombs were the first and only accounts of nuclear warfare. (“Atomic Bomb is…”) The impact that the two bombs left on the cities of Japan was tremendous.
August 6, 1945 the US became the first and only motherland to use atomic weaponry during the time of war. The United States planned to dropped an atomic bomb “little boy” on the city of Hiroshima (Japan). The atomic bomb housed about 20 tons of TNT which was could demolish a city without any complication. The Bombing of Hiroshima marked an end to World War 2. Truman announced that he would be using nuclear weaponry when he was informed that they were running out supplies.