#Hiroshima : #OnThisDay

On 6th of August 1945 the USA detonated an atomic bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

the devastation of everything flattened except on concrete building
Hiroshima (US government, photo)

The consent of the United Kingdom was obtained for the bombing, as was required by the Quebec Agreement, and orders were issued on 25 July by General Thomas Handy, the acting chief of staff of the United States Army, for atomic bombs to be used against Hiroshima, KokuraNiigata, and Nagasaki.

At the time of the attack, the population of Hiroshima was approximately 340,000–350,000.

The exact number of people killed by the blast, firestorm, and radiation effects of the bombing are unknown. Estimates have ranged from 66,000 people killed and 69,000 injured, upwards to 140,000 dead (by December 1945) in later estimations.

Over 90 percent of the doctors and 93 percent of the nurses in Hiroshima were killed or injured—most had been in the downtown area which received the greatest damage.

the atomic cloud over Hiroshima
image: Honkawa Elementary School [1], Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

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  1. Are you honestly suggesting the war in the Far East should have continued with the resulting deaths of scores of thousands of US soldiers in order to bring about the defeat of Japan.
    You should realise the Japanese had already, murdered and starved up to 30 million in China, Indochina, Philippines, Korea, Burma, Malaya, Singapore and countless other countries.
    The Japanese were prepared to fight and resist to the last and were ultimately responsible for the allies decision to drop the bomb in order to shorten the war.
    With the passing of time its tempting for those who have no personal connection with the circumstances or suffering on both sides to pass judgement.

    • If I remember the history lessons correctly, Japan was already close to surrender. Yes, atrocities at a large scale did happen and yes, these needed to be stopped. But, once this end was in sight, the question is whether dropping the bombs was a strategic requirement. In my opinion it was probably not. It is also notable that deliberately targeting cities (= civilian targets) is an atrocity. My gut feeling is that this was seen as a practice test under real life conditions… which is pretty sickening.
      There are weapons which – under no circumstances – should never be used. Nukes are on that list. There is no moral high ground… ever… to justify their use.

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