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What happened as a result of the United States use of atomic bombs?

What happened as a result of the United States use of atomic bombs?

On August 6, 1945, the United States becomes the first and only nation to use atomic weaponry during wartime when it drops an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Approximately 80,000 people are killed as a direct result of the blast, and another 35,000 are injured.

Do you think the US was right to use the atomic bomb?

“Yes. A bloody invasion and round the clock conventional bombing would have led to a far higher death toll and so the atomic weapons actually saved thousands of American and millions of Japanese lives. The bombs were the best means to bring about unconditional surrender, which is what the US leaders wanted.

What were some of the reasons the US chose to use the atomic bomb on Japan?

Truman believed that the bombs saved Japanese lives as well. Prolonging the war was not an option for the President. Over 3,500 Japanese kamikaze raids had already wrought great destruction and loss of American lives. The President rejected a demonstration of the atomic bomb to the Japanese leadership.

What if there was no atomic bomb?

The bombs brought a quick end to the war. Without the bombs, the war would have likely dragged on for at least another year, perhaps longer. The Allies’ plan for Japan was called Operation Downfall and consisted of two parts, Operation Olympic and Operation Coronet.

What was the decision to use the atomic bomb?

Supporters of President Truman’s decision to use atomic weapons against Japan tend to paint the decision as a difficult choice between two stark options—it was either American boys, or the bomb.

When did the US drop the atomic bomb on Japan?

Seventy-two years ago yesterday, the United States dropped the atomic bomb for the first time. The obliteration of Hiroshima left at least 90,000 Japanese soldiers and civilians dead. Three days later, mankind’s first nuclear salvo was followed by the second (and hopefully last) use of nuclear weapons.

Why was the atomic bomb used in World War 2?

In August 1945, it appeared inevitable that Japanese civilians would have to suffer more death and casualties before surrender. A ground invasion would result in excessive American casualties as well. Another option was to demonstrate the power of atomic bomb to frighten the Japanese into surrendering.

How many Americans were killed by the atomic bomb?

General MacArthur’s staff anticipated about 50,000 American casualties and several times that number of Japanese casualties in the November 1 operation to establish the initial beachheads on Kyushu. After that they expected a far more costly struggle before the Japanese homeland was subdued.