Skip to comments.Dramatic Never Before Published Images of Hiroshima in Immediate Aftermath of Bombing (Very Graphic)
Posted on 05/03/2008 10:58:43 AM PDT by freerepublic_or_die
The Robert L. Capp collection at the Hoover Institution Archives contains ten never-before-published photographs illustrating the immediate aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing.
These photographs, taken by an unknown Japanese photographer, were found in 1945 among rolls of undeveloped film in a cave outside Hiroshima by U.S. serviceman Robert L. Capp, who was attached to the occupation forces.
Unlike most photos of the Hiroshima bombing, these dramatically convey the human as well as material destruction unleashed by the atomic bomb.
Mr. Capp donated them to the Hoover Archives in 1998 with the provision that they not be reproduced until 2008. Three of these photographs are reproduced in Atomic Tragedy with the permission of the Capp family. The entire set is available below.
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These images won't evince the slightest bit of emotionalism out of me.
War is hell. The Japs gave us war, we gave 'em hell.
No more graphic than pictures from Pearl Harbor.
Funny that you are arguing that “war is hell,” except when it isn’t.
I say damn on the Japanese for taking away a slice of our collective humanity and forcing our hand.
dont forget the bataan death march.
The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki saved American lives and saved Japanese lives. The lesson is ‘don’t make war.’ I think the Japanese learned it.
Wonder if they were still thinking Pearl Harbor was a good idea.
Then, Pearl Harbor lead to Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Now Japan no longer seeks to violently impose its will on the world.
I can only hope that 9-11 will as inevitably lead to Mecca and Medina.
And that islam learns the same ultimate lesson.
The worst of those photos doesn’t represent a fraction of the status-quo brutality inflicted on Allied POW’s, or Chinese and Korean civilians by the Japanese during the war.
Yeah, it’s moral relativism and it puts into perspective why we had to did it.
I won't. I lost 3 uncles in the Bataan Death March!
They say that there were rolls of film, but they only came up with 10 images.
Maybe they shouldn’t have F’d with us?
Wonder if the PC crowd has censored those away?
I’d just like someone to explain the logic behind why I can’t lament the loss of life.
As an old Army Master Sergeant I knew used to say, “If you don’t start no s__t, there won’t be no S__t.”
The Rape of Nanking: 300,000 massacred by the Japanese
Bataan Death March
wow. that was some bomb. easy to see why it hasnt been used since
The Japanese started the war. There were forces in Japan that delayed communications from the US because they wanted a war. Its certainly sad to see all that destruction and death. The bomb was better than the alternatives.
Yeah, a lesson that has yet to be fully impressed upon those
with the same cocky,delusional arrogance seen throughout Islam.
Unconditional surrender bump!
Well it certainly was unfortunate but after hearing recounts of Nanking, I must say they had it coming.
To the brainless and witless among us, I should add that the images of truly evil atrocities can be found in the images (easily found) of the execution of American prisoners, and the wholesale slaughter of civilians in China --- just for "practice".
Where are those images, to provide context?
You can. One can recognize that the loss of life was a necessary final consequence of earlier bad behavior, and still morn the loss.
Amen. And, dear God, may it never be used again.
This is probably off-topic, but...
I have a distant memory about something I saw back in high school in the 1980s. We were brought to the school library in groups to watch a documentary that the school librarian was pushing. It was basically a horror show about Hiroshima and Nagasaki and how it devastated those cities. It contained footage of the victims, living and dead, not long after the bombing. It reminded me of those movies I was being shown in driver’s ed...lots of shocking and bloody images.
Even as a teenager who was more interested in what I was doing outside of school (let’s not go there), this event raised suspicion in my non-political mind even then. There was little or no context in the film about WHY the decision was made to drop those bombs. This film wasn’t being shown in conjunction with anything going on in any other class.
As I look back now, this was clearly a liberal ‘look what big bad America did’ film. I would love to go back in time and inhabit my then body just for a few minutes to call shenanigans on that librarian. She never liked me anyway (I am a male).
Well, as gory and awful as it was it was still probably better than what the pubblic skools are trying to indoctrinate kids with today: An Inconvenient Truth. Blech.
Thanks to those who worked on the Manhattan project that made those pictures possible.
I am glad we nuked them.
I wished we could have nuked them sooner.
It saved at least 100,000 American lives from dying in a mainland Japan invasion, and probably 500,000 Jap lives.
War is tragic and payback is hell. At face value it’s terrible anyone had to die at all. Once is starts the object is to kill or be killed and the side that is the most efficient killer keeps from dying.
I have absolutely no problem with these pictures. Hell, I’d like to see more of the same in the Middle East!
What the Japanese did to us and others is well documented.
That is not quite accurate. Victor Davis Hanson deals with this very question at length in several of his books; the "Western (American) Way of War" where he repeatedly remarks on the unique phenomenon in history, where brutality was not only needed, but essential, in order to win against a barbaric, truly evil and merciless culture, and the victors, immediately afterwards, went right back to their occupations of farmer, doctor, teacher, father, without any overt evidence of the brutality they practiced just months earlier.
A unique phenomenon in all of history.
Except for those self-centered fools, traitorous fools, whose grasp of history simply emcompasses their own pathetic existence...
In fact, you'd think the whole world would've learned a lesson about attacking America, but many in this world are itchin' to take us on. The only lesson I can draw from this is we were not harsh enough in our treatment of the Japanese.
Hey, Jimmy Carter, is that you?
And that islam learns the same ultimate lesson.
Had the politicians left the war to the generals, there would be no problems with Islam right now. Shock and Awe would have brought every Muslim country in the world into submission. Out of pure fear! Now, they see the US as weak. We should have killed that cleric, Al Sadar long ago, but we didn't because we were listening to politicians!
We shouldn't even be having a ground war with him. We should have leveled that area and killed him immediately! Just look how many of our troops have been killed as a result of not fighting the war the way that wars are supposed to be fought. Big and powerful. Too many politicians keep trying to run the war, and they don't know squat. We should make an example out of Fallujah or one of their countries and I guarantee we won't have any further problems with them.
The same goes for Iran!! Do it now and do it right or we will live to regret it.
They’re lucky we only dropped two bombs.
We should have dropped ten.
They sowed the wind and reaped the whirlwind. My dad was a combat engineer training for the invasion of the Japanese home islands when the bomb dropped. The dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki are the only two things I am grateful to a democrat for. Thanks again, Harry. Thanks again General Tibbits. My dad got to live, marry my mother and live a good and productive life instead of getting killed putting up a bridge in the invasion.
Yes there is, as this thread purposely introduced the topic, albeit in an ugly distorted "hate America" self serving way.
That is the sole possible reason for this ort of article today.
The challenge, to me, is irresistible.
So fight WW2 all over again I shall.
Am I supposed to feel sorry for the Japs in these photos, considering all the atrocities that they had done during the war and before, in China?
Hirohito should have swung at the end of a rope along with Tojo.
The divine Tenno Mikado was no mere figurehead, as the pinko revisionists would have you believe.
I remember a contest between two Japanese officers as to who could hack down the most civilians in a certain partition of time. The poster advertising this said event seemed to exude the festivity of a college football game, very sickening to say the least.
My dad was on Okinawa preparing for that invasion, following a very narrow miss by the Kamikaze that struck the Maryland after flying few feet over his head. Those little factoids do color my perception of the atomic bombings...
No, it’s General MacArthur.
Talk to survivors of the Bataan Death March if you want graphic! Ask anyone about the American sailors trapped in sunken ships at Pearl Harbor; ones that couldn’t be rescued.
We’ve tried “Nation Building” in Iraq.
In the spirit of a well controlled science experiment we should contrast it with “Nation Leveling” in Iran.
Remember the results of the Germany Experiment after WWII? Divide the country down the middle, run a free market democracy on one half and a communist dictatorship on the other?
I’m sure every junior high schooler is taught all about the differences between the results on each side.
Volkswagon, Porche, Audi and BMW on one side, the Trabi on the other....