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This Day In History | World War II August 6, 1945 Atomic bomb is dropped on Hiroshima
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Posted on 08/06/2006 6:27:04 AM PDT by mainepatsfan

This Day In History | World War II

August 6

1945 Atomic bomb is dropped on Hiroshima

On this day in 1945, at 8:16 a.m. Japanese time, an American B-29 bomber, the Enola Gay, drops the world's first atom bomb, over the city of Hiroshima. Approximately 80,000 people are killed as a direct result of the blast, and another 35,000 are injured. At least another 60,000 would be dead by the end of the year from the effects of the fallout.

U.S. President Harry S. Truman, discouraged by the Japanese response to the Potsdam Conference's demand for unconditional surrender, made the decision to use the atom bomb to end the war in order to prevent what he predicted would be a much greater loss of life were the United States to invade the Japanese mainland. And so on August 5, while a "conventional" bombing of Japan was underway, "Little Boy," (the nickname for one of two atom bombs available for use against Japan), was loaded onto Lt. Col. Paul W. Tibbets' plane on Tinian Island in the Marianas. Tibbets' B-29, named the Enola Gay after his mother, left the island at 2:45 a.m. on August 6. Five and a half hours later, "Little Boy" was dropped, exploding 1,900 feet over a hospital and unleashing the equivalent of 12,500 tons of TNT. The bomb had several inscriptions scribbled on its shell, one of which read "Greetings to the Emperor from the men of the Indianapolis" (the ship that transported the bomb to the Marianas).

There were 90,000 buildings in Hiroshima before the bomb was dropped; only 28,000 remained after the bombing. Of the city's 200 doctors before the explosion; only 20 were left alive or capable of working.

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: hiroshima; milhist; militaryhistory; wwii
Thank God Operation Downfall wasn't necessary.
1 posted on 08/06/2006 6:27:06 AM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: mainepatsfan

What was Operation Downfall?


2 posted on 08/06/2006 6:32:24 AM PDT by Victor (If an expert says it can't be done, get another expert." -David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister)
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To: mainepatsfan

Everybody get the lesson in this? Ted? Nancy? John? John? Jimmy?


3 posted on 08/06/2006 6:33:10 AM PDT by RoadTest (Destruction is easy, a moron's domain; creation takes labor and brains to remain. 9-11-01)
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To: mainepatsfan

so, let's celebrate by dropping another on maybe tehran, mecca, medina and just for emphasis, damascus.

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4 posted on 08/06/2006 6:33:17 AM PDT by pipecorp ( muhammed ......8(_o_)8 .................nice likeness, eh?)
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To: Victor

The planned invasion of the Japanese home islands.


5 posted on 08/06/2006 6:34:38 AM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: RoadTest

They probably regard it as a "disproportionate response" to Pearl Harbor.


6 posted on 08/06/2006 6:35:50 AM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: mainepatsfan

It is one of the absurdities of modern Political Leftism. They want to argue that it was some how immoral to use the Hiroshima/Nagasaki bombs. That we could of "Besieged" the Japanese.

That utter nonsense. The infrastructure of the Japanese islands was breaking down. Japan could not feed itself and relied on food imports. Instead of killing Japanese Civilians in the tens of thousands. The Leftist "Siege" would of killing millions from disease, starvation and malnutrition. EVEN then there is NO indication that would of broke the Japanese will. Japanese soldiers hung on various pacific islands for decades after WW 2 ended. Even after the bombs dropped die hard militarists tried to stop the Emperor from surrendering.

Then their is the question. What response would the Japanese been to an invasion and occupation. The Left screams about the Iraqis "Insurgency" what do you suppose a Japanese Insurgency would of done? Also, who knows if the Japanese would of survived as a people? The Civilian and Military casualties on Siapan and Okinawa were horrific. Give the intensifying tempo of suicide attacks,the fire power brought down on the Japanese Home Island prior to and during an Invasion would of killed tens of thousands if not millions of civilians as well as military forces.

So to save a nation we kills a number of cities. We will do so again. This Baby Boomer sophomoric cant about "cannot save Lebanon by destroying its villages" is utter and complete nonsense. Yeah we can.

Question is. Will we?


7 posted on 08/06/2006 6:37:28 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (Fire Murtha Now! Spread the word. Support Diana Irey. http://www.irey.com/)
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To: Victor
Operation Olympic was the name for the two part invasion of the Japanese home islands. Operation Olympic in Kyushu and Operation Coronet for the Tokyo Bay area. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Downfall
8 posted on 08/06/2006 6:39:33 AM PDT by Lancer_N3502A
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To: MNJohnnie

The folks who argue against the bomb have no concept at how far the Japanese were willing to go to defend the home islands. Okinawa should be all the evidence one needs.


9 posted on 08/06/2006 6:39:37 AM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: Victor
Operation Downfall
10 posted on 08/06/2006 6:44:51 AM PDT by Jackknife ( "It's not a real party 'til somebody breaks something.")
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To: mainepatsfan

Agreed. Downfall would have cost the US 500,000 dead and Japan 10 million dead...minimum.


11 posted on 08/06/2006 6:53:18 AM PDT by Lancer_N3502A
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To: mainepatsfan

This day 61 years ago my ship, The USS Trnquillity loaded the survivors of the USS Indianapolis at Paleleu island for transport to Guam.
The Indianapolis had delivered the bomb to Tinian island for the delivery to Hiroshima.
This day marks the real end to the Pacific war.


12 posted on 08/06/2006 6:55:36 AM PDT by Oldsailor
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To: mainepatsfan
There are still a few of us around. We were staging on Okinawa when the end came. I love that bomb.
13 posted on 08/06/2006 7:00:38 AM PDT by ANGGAPO (LayteGulfBeachClub)
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To: Lancer_N3502A

I guess in the liberal mind it's better for a higher number of people to be killed with conventional weapons than a smaller number by nuclear weapons.


14 posted on 08/06/2006 7:01:04 AM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: Oldsailor

Too bad it took another one for the Japanese to realize it.


15 posted on 08/06/2006 7:01:37 AM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: ANGGAPO

My grandfather was in the navy at the time and he feels the same way.


16 posted on 08/06/2006 7:02:32 AM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: ANGGAPO; Oldsailor

We owe it all to you guys. Too bad those who came after you didn't have the same grit.


17 posted on 08/06/2006 7:04:02 AM PDT by Lancer_N3502A
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To: mainepatsfan

Considering the political situation now; Where did all of the Americans go?


18 posted on 08/06/2006 7:05:51 AM PDT by ANGGAPO (LayteGulfBeachClub)
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To: mainepatsfan

i wonder how many of us would not be here if we hadnt dropped the bombs? this country had balls in its leadership then. im not so sure now. too pc world


19 posted on 08/06/2006 7:11:11 AM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Defeat liberalism, its the right thing to do for America.)
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To: mainepatsfan
Not only that... the Japanese had already suffered at least 200,000 civilian deaths in Tokyo. In Tokyo we dropped fire bombs designed to kill civilians. The temperaturs in the fire balls were in the thousand degree range and literaly vaporized hummans.

Japan did not surrernder. When Truman dropped the bomb the word was put out that the US had scores of atomic weapons. We actually had about 3 or 4. But Japan was convinced that we had enough atomic bombs to destroy their entire population. Some Japanese commanders did not believe we had that many and wanted to keep fighting.

What Israel has not learned is a statement attributed to Joe Stalin.. Stalin said, "In war 25 deaths is a tragedy; 25,000 deaths is a statistic."

20 posted on 08/06/2006 7:12:12 AM PDT by Common Tator
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To: MNJohnnie
"It is one of the absurdities of modern Political Leftism. They want to argue that it was some how immoral to use the Hiroshima/Nagasaki bombs. That we could of "Besieged" the Japanese. "

Thank God the UN wasn't around back then, we'd have had resolution after resolution without anything ever being done. As well, if the Dems of today were around back then, they'd want us to boycott Japan and Germany, and try to work things out through diplomacy. How about multilateral talks. Unfortunately for Murtha, back then we wouldn't have been able to redeploy our troops to Okinawa.

21 posted on 08/06/2006 7:12:53 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway~~John Wayne)
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To: Common Tator

The Red Army crashing across the Manchurian border also convinced them the game was up.


22 posted on 08/06/2006 7:13:39 AM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: mainepatsfan

If you look at the history of how tenatious the Japs were on Iwo and Okinawa you will better understand that our people knew it would take two bombs to convince them to stop it all.


23 posted on 08/06/2006 7:14:31 AM PDT by Oldsailor
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To: mass55th
The libs would claim that removing Hitler from power was too destabilizing and that we should have left the SS intact to maintain order.
24 posted on 08/06/2006 7:14:35 AM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: Oldsailor

Even after that there was still an attempted coup to prevent the surrender from taking place.


25 posted on 08/06/2006 7:15:23 AM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: imahawk

Many of us wouldn't be.


26 posted on 08/06/2006 7:16:16 AM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: Oldsailor

My three years in Guam was a cake walk compared to what the sailors, soldiers, and Marines of WW II had to go though. When ever one of the younger guys was complaining how hot it was there I just simply reminded them that it would be a lot more tough on us if we had to lug around 40 or 50 pounds of weapons and gear and had finatical Japaneese trying to kill us from every hole in the ground.

The devestation we had to inflict on the Pacific Islands had to be so severe for even a few of the Japenesse to surrender and many chose suicide instead, thier brainwashing was very complete. It would have took nothing less than what we did to secure peace.

Thanks for picking those guys out of the water!


27 posted on 08/06/2006 7:26:11 AM PDT by Delta 21 ( MKC USCG - ret)
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To: mainepatsfan

I was just watching the History Channel show. It was pretty good until they dropped the bomb, and then it was all "pity the poor Japanese."

Just remember, if there had not been a Pearl Harbor, there wouldn't have had to be a Hiroshima.


28 posted on 08/06/2006 8:41:04 AM PDT by G-Bear (My liver is EVIL, and I must PUNISH it!)
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To: mainepatsfan

Or another way to consider it,,the bombs spared a lot G.I.s lives, who went home to start families and generate a lot of "modern-day-certified-snot-faced-liberals. Sar.


29 posted on 08/06/2006 11:36:24 AM PDT by Waco
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To: Jackknife; Lancer_N3502A

Wow, thanks for the education. So much history here, and I never remember this stuff being in the history books that I grew up with ( I was born in 1946....)


30 posted on 08/06/2006 7:05:01 PM PDT by Victor (If an expert says it can't be done, get another expert." -David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister)
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To: Victor

it wasnt,school just hi spotted ww2.my teachers didnt know scat about it.what a bunch of libs.


31 posted on 08/07/2006 7:16:07 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Defeat liberalism, its the right thing to do for America.)
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