In remembrance of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Victim_of_Atomic_Bomb_002Anniversary of USA Nuclear Genoside on August 6 & 9th of 1945

“My God, what have we done?”  said the co-pilot, Captain Robert Lewis

On August 6 and 9, 1945. After six months of intense firebombing of 67 other Japanese cities, the nuclear weapon “Little Boy” was dropped on the city of Hiroshima on Monday, August 6, 1945, followed on August 9 by the detonation of the “Fat Man” nuclear bomb over Nagasaki. These are to date the only attacks with nuclear weapons in the history of warfare.

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The Story of Hiroshima

On August 6, 1945, an American B-29 bomber named the Enola Gay left the island of Tinian for Hiroshima, Japan. The uranium 235 gun-type bomb, named Little Boy, exploded at 8:16 a.m. In an instant 80,000 to 140,000 people were killed and 100,000 more were seriously injured. The blast wave shattered windows for a distance of ten miles and was felt as far away as 37 miles. Hiroshima had disappeared under a thick, churning foam of flames and smoke. The co-pilot, Captain Robert Lewis, commented, “My God, what have we done?”

The Test | Designs of Two Bombs | Final Preparations | Why Hiroshima? | The Order is Given | Unexpected Opposition | Delivering Little Boy | The Bomb Explodes | Immediate Aftermath | Instant Confusion | What Happened | Infrastructure Damage | Physical Effects | Hibakusha Stories | Hiroshima Today |


The Story of Nagasaki

On August 9, 1945, another American B-29 bomber, Bock’s Car, left Tinian carrying Fat Man, a plutonium implosion-type bomb. The primary target was the Kokura Arsenal, but upon reaching the target, they found that it was covered by a heavy ground haze and smoke and were unable drop the bomb. The pilot, Major Charles Sweeney, turned to the secondary target of the Mitsubishi Torpedo Plant at Nagasaki. The bomb exploded at 11:02 a.m. over the narrow Urakami Valley northwest of downtown Nagasaki. Of the 286,000 people living in Nagasaki at the time of the blast, 74,000 people were killed and another 75,000 sustained severe injuries. The damage was less extensive, since the blast was boxed in by the river valley and partly to the fact that the bomb was dropped about 2 miles off target.

Invade or Bomb? | The Bombs | The Missions | Over Nagasaki | Homecoming | Japan’s Reaction | Aftermath |

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