My proposal was that the weapon should be demonstrated over a large forest of cryptomeria trees not far from Tokyo, Would lay the trees out in windrows from the centre of the explosion in all directions as though they were matchsticks, and, of course, set them afire in the centre.
Even before the Hiroshima attack, American air force General Curtis LeMay boasted that American bombers were "driving them [Japanese] back to the stone age. Japan seeks peace through the Soviets In the meantime, the Japanese government was attempting to persuade the Soviet Union to mediate a peace for Japan that would not be unconditional.
Army To return to the Hiroshima: Later that day the Japanese Cabinet met. After the war, Admiral Soemu Toyoda said, "I believe the Russian participation in the war against Japan rather than the atom bombs did more to hasten the surrender. From this, a low figure of somewhat more thanJapanese deaths can be calculated for a short invasion of two weeks, and almost three million Japanese deaths if the fighting lasted four months.
We were going after military targets. Genghis Khan and his hordes could not have been more merciless. It was my belief that Japan was, at that very moment, seeking some way to surrender with a minimum loss of "face.
Three days later, a second atomic strike on the city of Nagasaki killed some 37, people and injured another 43, They are certainly not the words of an America-hater. Was the decision justified by the imperative of saving lives or were there other motives involved? In my opinion, the Japanese war was really won before we ever used the atom bomb.
The declaration stated, "The alternative for Japan is prompt and utter destruction. On May 23, eleven weeks later, came the greatest air raid of the Pacific War, when giant B "Superfortress" bombers unleashed 4, tons of incendiary bombs on the heart of the already battered Japanese capital.
If the United States had been willing to wait, said Admiral Ernest King, US Chief of Naval Operations, "the effective naval blockade would, in the course of time, have starved the Japanese into submission through lack of oil, rice, medicines, and other essential materials.
We missed the opportunity of effecting a Japanese surrender, completely satisfactory to us, without the necessity of dropping the bombs. He knew that the Japanese would never renounce their emperor, and that without him an orderly transition to peace would be impossible anyhow, because his people would never submit to Allied occupation unless he ordered it.
Support[ edit ] Would prevent many U. The official British history, The War Against Japan, also writes the Soviet declaration of war "brought home to all members of the Supreme Council the realization that the last hope of a negotiated peace had gone and there was no alternative but to accept the Allied terms sooner or later".
I have no doubts about whether the two atom bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were necessary.
Specifically, the terms of these peace overtures included: A leading American Catholic voice, Commonweal, took a similar view. By August 11th, both teams had reported to Tokyo that the bomb was, indeed, atomic Sigal, pg.
It was the U.The atomic bomb accomplished Truman's primary objective. The attack on Hiroshima finally convinced Hirohito that the war must end, and his long-delayed conclusion was the decisive step in bringing.
The atomic bomb played no decisive part, from a purely military point of view, in the defeat of Japan.
— Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet,  The use of [the atomic bombs] at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan.
Aug 05, · Was using the atomic bomb necessary to end WW II? George R. Caron, AP A column of smoke rises 20, feet over Hiroshima, Japan after the 5-ton "Little Boy" bomb was released in this photo made Aug.
6, Post atomic bomb prediction estimates have claimed the possibility of up to a million casualties in the a U.S invasion of Japan.
The first phase of the invasion of Japan code named operation OLYMPIC, which involved the invasion of the island of Kyushu. Was Hiroshima Necessary? Why the Atomic Bombings Could Have Been Avoided.
By Mark Weber.
On August 6,the world dramatically entered the atomic age: without either warning or precedent, an American plane dropped a single nuclear bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The explosion utterly destroyed more than four square.
The atomic bomb had nothing to do with the end of the war at all." No Invasion was Necessary The Vice Chairman of the U.S. Bombing Survey Paul Nitze wrote: "I concluded that even without the atomic bomb, Japan .Download