Excellent post. If only we could skywrite it over Jon’s home. No way he’s going to see this.
Hiroshima was chosen for a very important reason. Japanese Naval communications headquarters was located in the hills behind the harbor. The dropping of the bomb allowed the communications facility to remain relatively undamaged, so that the Navy brass could view the destruction firsthand and report it throughout the country. I know a Morse intercept operator who was on duty when it happened. Rumors were rampant that something big was coming. The Japanese operators at HQ were the best of the best; when the bomb hit the normally flawless sending was interrupted for almost a minute. Within minutes, encrypted traffic from Navy HQ went through the roof and stayed there. Within hours, ALL of the Japanese war machine top brass knew the end was near.