The Bombing of Hiroshima

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The Bombing of Hiroshima To what extent do the sources support the interpretation that suggests that the use of nuclear weapons against Japan was wrong? Use the sources and knowledge from your studies to explain your answer. In the summer of 1945, the people of Japan were struck by a new horror. On 6th August 1945, an American fighter plane flew over the Japanese territory holding a devastating new weapon. Atomic bombs were dropped on to the city of Hiroshima. It exploded with a gigantic flash, 570 meters above the city. The heat was so intense that the people nearest to the explosion evaporated. Approximately 70,000 people were killed instantly. As always, there are two sides to every story. Many people argued that the actions of America was wrong, however the Americans believed what they did was right. There is a lot of evidence that can be used to support or disagree with America's action. The Americans believed that the Japanese would never surrender. If the atomic bombs weren't used, hundreds of thousands of American soldiers would die. Also, the use of bomb meant that Russia couldn't take advantage. They wanted to finish the war against Japan before the Russians became involved. Some say it was a demonstration of power in order to deter Russia from becoming a problem. However, it was only weeks away that Japan would of surrendered according to Japanese Military officials. The Atom bomb seemed to have given Americans status and power. Japan was given the chance to surrender unconditionally but the Japanese refused due to the concern for the Emperor. According to the Americans, it was morally right to drop the bombs because it would have ended the war quicker and withdraw its troops. However, according to information leaked to the American press, the Japanese were ready to surrender before the Atom bomb was dropped. On the contrary, according to a Japanese minister within the cabinet said that if they did not drop the bombs, Japan would have continued to fight. There was no certainty as to whether the Japanese
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