the Japanese were not "about to surrender", not unconditionally. in fact there was a coup attempt even after the bombs were dropped - it only failed because one top general would not go along. right to the very end, the coup plotters did everything to try and stop the Emperor's radio message from being played.
posted on 05/06/2004 7:09:44 PM PDT
Well, on the one hand, a lot of the estimates for casualties from an Invasion are wholly bogus (especially the "1 million American Dead").
On the other hand, it's highly doubtful that the Japanese would have unconditionally surrendered in August without the bombs, and because the United States had finally COMPLETELY destroyed the ferry, train, and coastal steamer network of Japan with bombs and mines, it's an absolute certainty that several MILLION Japanese would have died over the winter of 45/46 from starvation. A lot more than died in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
posted on 05/06/2004 7:14:16 PM PDT
by John H K
"...one top general would not go along. right to the very end, the coup plotters did everything to try and stop the Emperor's radio message from being played..."
Yes, they touched on that point in the piece, but did not put two and two together as you did.
I just registered on the History Channel's discussion board and posted the subject there. http://boards.historychannel.com/thread.jsp?forum=101&thread=300012944
posted on 05/06/2004 7:29:54 PM PDT
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