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Author Topic: BOMBING NAGASAKI: 1945  (Read 18 times)
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« on: August 08, 2018, 11:36:19 pm »

The first Atomic Bomb explosion at Hiroshima didn't do it. The declaration of war on Japan on 8 AUG didn't do it. But the second A-bomb [plutonium based, as opposed to the Uranium bomb dropped ENOLA GAY], coupled with the soviet invasion of China, Manchuria and Korea, as well as the Sakhalin Islands did do it. They forced the Japanese to quasi-unconditionally surrender, on August 15th, 1945.

The U.S. government, and military, had been contemplating the potential loss of life for allied soldiers  and marines in an invasion of the Japanese home islands. The predicted numbers of dead and wounded after the bloodbath on Okinawa was sobering.The naval blockade, and the sinking of most of the merchant marine, and the Imperial Japanese Navy didn't bring the Japanese to the table.The destruction of almost every worthwhile target by LeMay's incendiary bombing brought no results.

So the U.S. turned to a revolutionary weapon - an atomic bomb. And when the first, dropped on Hiroshima failed to achieve the result of bringing the Japanese to heel, on August 9th, 1945, a second bomb, made of plutonium instead of Uranium was dropped by the B-29 BOCK'S CAR on the city of Nagasaki, with higher death tolls and more destruction. And still the Japanese government wavered, with the 'hawks' refusing to consider surrender.

But coupled with the Soviet declaration of war, and the invasion of Manchuria, China, the Sakhalin islands and Korea, the cumulative effect of the bombs forced the Japanese war cabinet to split 3 to 3. And for the first time since the Meiji Restoration, a sitting Emperor cast the deciding vote for peace, having secured immunity for his person from war crimes, and having retained his right to rule under allied supervision.
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