The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, two events that will always lie in infamy, because World War II was ended right after those two dates and the bombings introduced nuclear weapons to modern warfare. The bombings killed over two hundred thousand people and destroyed two Japanese cities, but in exchange for all that the Japanese were sparred a homeland invasion which could have easily surpassed the death toll that was seen in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. As horrendous as they were, the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were necessary to end WWII and were justified in the sense that the United States had to do something proactive to break the will of Japan's rulers and end the war.
On August 6th, and August 9th, 1945, Japan experienced the effects of the world's most powerful weapon at the time. "On the 6th of August, 1945, A B-29 bomber named Enola Gay, piloted by Colonel Paul Tibbets, took off from the island of Tinian and and headed north by northwest toward Japan, the bomber's primary target was the city of Hiroshima. At approximately 8:15 a.m. Hiroshima time, the Enola Gay released "Little Boy," its 9,700-pound uranium bomb, over the city (U.S Depot. Of Energy). "Little Boy" had an explosive yield of around 15,000 tons of TNT. 90,000 were killed immediately and 145,000 within months" (Nadesan). At 3:47 a.m. On August 9th, 1945, a B-29 named Bock's Car lifted off from Tinian and headed toward its primary target: Kokura Arsenal, a massive collection of war industries adjacent to the city of Kokura. The weather had been reported satisfactory earlier in the day over Kokura Arsenal, but by the time the B-29 arrived, the target was obscured by smoke and haze. Kokura no longer appeared to be an option, and there was only enough fuel on board to return to the secondary airfield on Okinawa, so the pilot made a hurried pass over their secondary target, the city of Nagasaki. At 11:02 a.m., at an altitude of 1,650 feet, the Bock's...
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