The Atomic bomb was the ultimate weapon ever developed by mankind at that point in time - something only imagined by all the other warring countries - and it took the use of such a weapon twice to get the Japanese to finnally give up? And yet your pal thinks Japan would have surrendered with an Allied invasion.
The American, Brits and everyone other than the Soviets invade from the South, the Russians invading from the North. Does anyone really think anything at all would have remained in Japan? The entire place would have been flattened and most of the country would have been wiped out.
What does your friend think the Allied reaction would have been when the Japanese military started deploying chemical and biological weapons? I’ll bet he hasn’t a clue about that Japanese program. It was the most advanced in the world putting even the German’s to shame. They’d even figured out how to parachute bombs ladden with infected fleas without killing the fleas!
Ask your pal about the Japanese jet fighter program and long range bombers and what affect would they have if they just had more time to finish development?
Remind your friend that discussing or expressing an opinion on a subject one knows nothing about is never a good idea.
Thank you SOOO much for your reply! I’ve learned a few things about the bombs over the years, but I realize there is so much I don’t know. Your post was jam packed with purely excellent information. I can’t thank you enough!
I seem to remember a show on the History channel. It stated that even as the emperor was sending the message for surrender, that elements of the Japanese military were attempting a coup to prevent the surrender. This was after the two bombs. A conventional strike by B29’s broke it up. The two nukes were the only way to prevent more blood shed.