"You think of the lives which would have been lost in an invasion of Japans home islands a staggering number of Americans but millions more of Japanese..."
That about sums it up.The one thing worse than dropping the bomb would have been not dropping it.
“You think of the lives which would have been lost in an invasion of Japans home islands a staggering number of Americans but millions more of Japanese...”
That about sums it up.The one thing worse than dropping the bomb would have been not dropping it.”
When Germany became toast, Japan was immediately charcoal.
don’t forget about the 100,000’s of American, British, Australian POW’s never mind innocent Chinese families that were dying yearly as they were worked to death as slave labor across indochina, burma, siam, nanking, etc....
Its possible Japan would have been turned into a waste land for years to come with very few Japanese left alive.
Don’t forget the Japanese had the most advanced biological and chemical weapons program in the world at that time. They spent years perfecting it in China. I have no doubt they would have used these weapons on Allied invaders.
Also, the original plan for the invasion of Japan included dropping two Atomic bombs on the most southern of the Japanese mainland islands prior to the invasion. Imagine that: Two Atomic weapons detonated to clear the beaches and then into that radioactive mess the invasion force would land.
A further plan was to continue to hit Japan with Atomic weapons prior to landing invasion forces as they moved North.
Now toss in the Russians coming in from the North and their scorched earth policy.
I’m convinced Japan would have been a smoking ruin from one end to the other.
It also saved Japan from a Civil War, because the Soviets would have taken their half of Japan, and it would have been just like Korea.