Hiroshima During World War II

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Hiroshima during World War 2 was an extremely scary place to be in. Hiroshima contained the 2nd Army Headquarters. This headquarters commanded all of southern Japan. Everyday life was rough for citizens and militants. Alongside this, Ujina Harbor was located to the South of the city and was a main spot for military supplies and transport. This station specialized in the transport of army goods, which increased its importance to the town of Hiroshima and the whole war. The citizen’s life consisted of constant fear of death, air raid sirens, and the distant sounds of exploding bombs and fire bombs. Alongside these, the citizens also had to deal with the militants. The people against the war lived in constant fear of being killed for being a traitor of Japan. The Japanese army thought it was undefeatable and all of the militants had an oath that they would fight or die. When Japanese militants were captured, they would try and commit suicide. Because of this oath to fight or die, they would try to take as many enemies as they could with them. These militants included special pilots that were trained during World War 2. These pilots were called Kamikaze pilots and they used their plane as a make-shift missile and crashed them into enemy ships. This would severely wreck the ship or even render it incapable to operate. Many times in the war, Hiroshima citizens would see off militants with cries of “Banzai”, which means “ten thousand years of life.” It was thought that these cries were heard over one thousand times during the war. Life went on like this until America finally had enough and dropped an atom bomb on Hiroshima. The atomic bomb that had been dropped on Hiroshima was named “Little Boy” and caused massive destruction of the cit... ... middle of paper ... ...Story." Hiroshima: A Survivor's Story. Scholastic, n.d. Web. 29 Jan. 2014. WW2 People's War. "Fact File: Hiroshima and Nagasaki." BBC News. BBC, 17 Mar. 2012. Web. 29 Jan. 2014. Koeller, David W. "The US Drops Atomic Bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki." Atomic Bomb Dropped on Hiroshima: 1945. N.p., 1999. Web. 28 Jan. 2014. . Trueman, C.. N.p.. Web. 7 Feb 2014. . . N.p.. Web. 7 Feb 2014. Daniels, Gordon. N.p.. Web. 7 Feb 2014. . Olivia, C. n. page. 7 Feb 2014 . Hall, Michelle. 7 Feb 2014. “By the Numbers: World War II’s atomic bombs”. CNN. CNN Library.
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