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Dramatic Never Before Published Images of Hiroshima in Immediate Aftermath of Bombing (Very Graphic)
yawoot image collections ^ | May 3, 2008 | Staff

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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TOPICS: Arts/Photography; History
KEYWORDS: atomicjustice; comeuppance; hiroshima; hooverinstitution; japattack; militaryhistory; pearlharbor; rapeofnanking; worldwarii; wwii
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I view these images and all I can see are sunken battleships, black-palled skies, a fiery inferno of dying, dead sailors, boys dying in a flash entombed in listing ships, kamikazes, heads chopped off, civilians butchered, raped, decapitated, experimened on, tortured, starved/marched to death, used for bayonet practice and more, too much, much more......

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.

1 posted on 05/03/2008 10:58:44 AM PDT by freerepublic_or_die
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To: freerepublic_or_die

No more graphic than pictures from Pearl Harbor.


2 posted on 05/03/2008 11:01:29 AM PDT by joebuck (Finitum non capax infinitum!)
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To: freerepublic_or_die

Funny that you are arguing that “war is hell,” except when it isn’t.


3 posted on 05/03/2008 11:02:10 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: freerepublic_or_die

I say damn on the Japanese for taking away a slice of our collective humanity and forcing our hand.


4 posted on 05/03/2008 11:04:04 AM PDT by misterrob (Obama-Does America Need Another Jimmy Carter?)
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To: joebuck

dont forget the bataan death march.


5 posted on 05/03/2008 11:05:30 AM PDT by kingattax (99 % of liberals give the rest a bad name)
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To: freerepublic_or_die

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.


6 posted on 05/03/2008 11:06:51 AM PDT by TigersEye (Berlin 1936. Olympics for murdering regimes. Beijing 2008.)
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To: kingattax
...tortured, starved/marched to death,
7 posted on 05/03/2008 11:07:25 AM PDT by freerepublic_or_die (Islam:Truly the opium of the morons with apologies to Karl Marx)
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To: freerepublic_or_die

Wonder if they were still thinking Pearl Harbor was a good idea.


8 posted on 05/03/2008 11:08:00 AM PDT by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: freerepublic_or_die
Japan could have avoided the last act (1944-45 where more than 1 million died) because even though they knew they were whipped, the Bashido mentality still ruled amongst the militarists and Emperor Hirohito. Over and over, the Japanese chose to not mention their defeats to one another. The loss at the Coral Sea & Midway and the crushing loss in the Marianas was not generally know in Japan. The Japanese Army was prepared to take another atom bomb, even on Tokyo, if they could fight on with the emperor’s blessing.
9 posted on 05/03/2008 11:09:28 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: misterrob

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.


10 posted on 05/03/2008 11:10:38 AM PDT by null and void (No man's life, liberty or property are safe as long as court is in session...)
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To: freerepublic_or_die

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.


11 posted on 05/03/2008 11:11:31 AM PDT by Rebelbase (Carbon is the fifth most abundant element on the planet.)
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To: kingattax
dont forget the bataan death march.

I won't. I lost 3 uncles in the Bataan Death March!

12 posted on 05/03/2008 11:12:01 AM PDT by NRA2BFree ("The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves!")
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To: freerepublic_or_die

They say that there were rolls of film, but they only came up with 10 images.


13 posted on 05/03/2008 11:13:03 AM PDT by PAR35
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To: freerepublic_or_die

Maybe they shouldn’t have F’d with us?


14 posted on 05/03/2008 11:14:28 AM PDT by Bullish ( Reality is the best cure for delusion.)
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To: freerepublic_or_die
There used to be movies of the aftermath, showing remains as no more than shadows on wall and sidewalks.

Wonder if the PC crowd has censored those away?

15 posted on 05/03/2008 11:16:21 AM PDT by kcm.org (Now unto Him)
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To: Rebelbase

I’d just like someone to explain the logic behind why I can’t lament the loss of life.


16 posted on 05/03/2008 11:17:20 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: freerepublic_or_die

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.”


17 posted on 05/03/2008 11:17:28 AM PDT by Ikemeister
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To: freerepublic_or_die

The Rape of Nanking: 300,000 massacred by the Japanese

Bataan Death March

18 posted on 05/03/2008 11:17:30 AM PDT by LSUfan
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To: freerepublic_or_die

wow. that was some bomb. easy to see why it hasnt been used since


19 posted on 05/03/2008 11:19:40 AM PDT by beebuster2000
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To: LSUfan

My God.


20 posted on 05/03/2008 11:20:11 AM PDT by The Mayor ("A man's heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps" (Prov. 16:9))
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To: freerepublic_or_die

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.


21 posted on 05/03/2008 11:22:10 AM PDT by driftdiver
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To: Bullish

Yeah, a lesson that has yet to be fully impressed upon those
with the same cocky,delusional arrogance seen throughout Islam.


22 posted on 05/03/2008 11:23:27 AM PDT by freerepublic_or_die (Islam:Truly the opium of the morons with apologies to Karl Marx)
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To: LSUfan

Unconditional surrender bump!


23 posted on 05/03/2008 11:23:29 AM PDT by Unknowing (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.)
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To: freerepublic_or_die

Well it certainly was unfortunate but after hearing recounts of Nanking, I must say they had it coming.


24 posted on 05/03/2008 11:24:21 AM PDT by Xenophon450 (I guess I'll never know, some things under the sun can never be understood...)
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To: joebuck
No more graphic than pictures from Pearl Harbor.

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?

25 posted on 05/03/2008 11:24:21 AM PDT by Publius6961 (MSM: Israelis are killed by rockets; Lebanese are killed by Israelis.)
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To: 1rudeboy

You can. One can recognize that the loss of life was a necessary final consequence of earlier bad behavior, and still morn the loss.


26 posted on 05/03/2008 11:24:41 AM PDT by null and void (No man's life, liberty or property are safe as long as court is in session...)
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To: beebuster2000

Amen. And, dear God, may it never be used again.


27 posted on 05/03/2008 11:26:09 AM PDT by La Enchiladita
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To: freerepublic_or_die

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.


28 posted on 05/03/2008 11:26:14 AM PDT by LostInBayport ("Anyone whose tax bill goes up feels like it's an increase." - Mass. Governor Deval Patrick, 2/28/07)
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To: freerepublic_or_die

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.


29 posted on 05/03/2008 11:27:57 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland ("We have to drain the swamp" George Bush, September 2001)
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To: 1rudeboy

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.


30 posted on 05/03/2008 11:27:58 AM PDT by Rebelbase (Carbon is the fifth most abundant element on the planet.)
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To: freerepublic_or_die

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.


31 posted on 05/03/2008 11:28:15 AM PDT by poobear (tagline is on a coffee break!)
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To: misterrob
I say damn on the Japanese for taking away a slice of our collective humanity and forcing our hand.

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...

32 posted on 05/03/2008 11:30:48 AM PDT by Publius6961 (MSM: Israelis are killed by rockets; Lebanese are killed by Israelis.)
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To: freerepublic_or_die
No need to fight WWII again on an Internet forum, everyone.
33 posted on 05/03/2008 11:31:11 AM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: TigersEye
Some learned from it. Some want to "get back at us" to this day, and blame us for their collective misery.

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.

34 posted on 05/03/2008 11:34:10 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: The KG9 Kid

Hey, Jimmy Carter, is that you?


35 posted on 05/03/2008 11:34:14 AM PDT by freerepublic_or_die (Islam:Truly the opium of the morons with apologies to Karl Marx)
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To: null and void
I can only hope that 9-11 will as inevitably lead to Mecca and Medina.

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.

36 posted on 05/03/2008 11:34:14 AM PDT by NRA2BFree ("The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves!")
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To: freerepublic_or_die

I agree.

They’re lucky we only dropped two bombs.

We should have dropped ten.


37 posted on 05/03/2008 11:36:55 AM PDT by Emperor Palpatine ("There is no civility, only politics.")
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To: freerepublic_or_die

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.


38 posted on 05/03/2008 11:37:06 AM PDT by Old Mountain man (Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice!)
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To: The KG9 Kid
No need to fight WWII again on an Internet forum, everyone.

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.

39 posted on 05/03/2008 11:37:42 AM PDT by Publius6961 (MSM: Israelis are killed by rockets; Lebanese are killed by Israelis.)
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To: freerepublic_or_die

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?


40 posted on 05/03/2008 11:38:36 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner ("We must not forget that there is a war on and our troops are in the thick of it!"--Duncan Hunter)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

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.


41 posted on 05/03/2008 11:38:38 AM PDT by Emperor Palpatine ("There is no civility, only politics.")
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To: LSUfan

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.


42 posted on 05/03/2008 11:38:44 AM PDT by Xenophon450 (I guess I'll never know, some things under the sun can never be understood...)
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To: HereInTheHeartland
It saved at least 100,000 American lives from dying in a mainland Japan invasion, and probably 500,000 Jap lives.

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...

43 posted on 05/03/2008 11:39:37 AM PDT by null and void (No man's life, liberty or property are safe as long as court is in session...)
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To: The KG9 Kid
No need to fight WWII again on an Internet forum, everyone.

Killjoy.

44 posted on 05/03/2008 11:41:05 AM PDT by null and void (No man's life, liberty or property are safe as long as court is in session...)
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To: Publius6961

Bravo! Bellissimo!


45 posted on 05/03/2008 11:41:50 AM PDT by freerepublic_or_die (Islam:Truly the opium of the morons with apologies to Karl Marx)
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To: freerepublic_or_die

No, it’s General MacArthur.


46 posted on 05/03/2008 11:44:12 AM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: Rebelbase

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.


47 posted on 05/03/2008 11:45:27 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: Publius6961

ping


48 posted on 05/03/2008 11:45:55 AM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: Bullish
"By the time I'm through with 'em, the Jap language will only be spoken in Hell."

-Admiral William F. Halsey


49 posted on 05/03/2008 11:46:56 AM PDT by Emperor Palpatine ("There is no civility, only politics.")
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To: NRA2BFree

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....


50 posted on 05/03/2008 11:48:47 AM PDT by null and void (No man's life, liberty or property are safe as long as court is in session...)
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