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Friday, July 27, 2007

WarWWII → Victim of atomic bombing of Hiroshima

The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were nuclear attacks during World War II against the Empire of Japan by the United States of America under US President Harry S. Truman. On August 6, 1945, the first choice target, Hiroshima, was having clear weather. At 8:15 a.m. (local time), the Enola Gay's door sprang open and dropped "Little Boy." The bomb exploded 1,900 feet above the city and only missed the target, the Aioi Bridge, by approximately 800 feet. Staff Sergeant George Caron, the tail gunner, described what he saw: "The mushroom cloud itself was a spectacular sight, a bubbling mass of purple-gray smoke and you could see it had a red core in it and everything was burning inside... It looked like lava or molasses covering a whole city..." The cloud is estimated to have reached a height of 40,000 feet.

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Hiroshima's population has been estimated at 350,000; approximately 70,000 died immediately from the explosion and another 70,000 died from radiation within five years. A survivor described the damage to people: "The appearance of people was... well, they all had skin blackened by burns... They had no hair because their hair was burned, and at a glance you couldn't tell whether you were looking at them from in front or in back... They held their arms bent [forward] like this... and their skin - not only on their hands, but on their faces and bodies too - hung down... If there had been only one or two such people... perhaps I would not have had such a strong impression. But wherever I walked I met these people... Many of them died along the road - I can still picture them in my mind -- like walking ghosts..."

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Tim Case
Atom bomb targeted against civilians?
Not accurate people , study your history!
Hiroshima was a military port consisting of
military arms manufacturing and shipping,
inhabited predominantly by military personnel.
Did some civilians die in the blast? Regrettably
yes, but far less than that what be predictably
dead if a ground invasion had to take place
instead. Why don't you question the Japs
similarly about Pearl Harbor. They didn't give a
crap about collateral damage. b
2013-01-23 22:16:47

Man that guy is in pretty bad shape
2013-01-22 04:23:47

2013-01-15 21:08:44

I think you may find that the man in the photo, was in fact a long term sufferer of epilepsy and not a victim of a nuclear bomb? However, any survivor of that could look like it, so I understand your reason for using it? Since the first testing of these weapons, over 2000 'tests' have now been carried out globally by many more countries than just the USA, (although they have 'tested more than the rest put together). 2000 x radiation into the earth? No wonder cancer is on the increase?
2013-01-14 03:29:43

Humanity has suffered in the past, so
much. Lets join our hands together,
crossing the boundaries of race, religion
and nation, 4 creating a better world.
2013-01-12 17:06:44

this is a little short, maybe more info. that would be nice. and i could not tell what the pictures were other than the one of the huge cloud of dust
2013-01-07 21:12:51

kill a person ... will u a murder ... kill thousands u will be hero...
im polish and from my country war has started.. i know one war is bad but using atomic bomb on civilians .. for me its becoming like Hitler..
2013-01-05 14:15:37

Attacking civilians can never be justified, whatever the excuse is, self defense, freedom, etc., civilians should not be paying for it.
2013-01-04 19:40:57

A person
Unrelated But just to show What might have happened to humanity a few times over during a few "mishaps" with international security, combine the horrific visions of Hiroshima with this humble chart.
2013-01-01 04:20:27

WW II Survivor
To the person that says America was a dick, if this did not happen you could be speaking Japanese or German and be a permanent POW in a Prison camp somewhere waiting for someone to decide when to execute you! Are you a draft dodger, concientious objector or what? If you had to do what I had to do, pick up pieces and parts of my friends that died there because they were my friends, maybe you might not think that way!
2012-12-25 21:56:33

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