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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.

Video: Download "hiroshima_atomic_bombing.wmv"

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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ammerca 1
if it wasent for americans youd be speaking german right now so shut the fuck up
2012-06-01 19:11:18

japan sucks
they deserved it,those basterds started it
2012-06-01 19:05:34

guy from europe
Robert K.
I was just wondering but what has midle east done to you? and for gods sake dont swear on the holy bible about something disgusthing as that and honestly i dont think that Jesus wanted people to destroy each other.
2012-05-22 20:06:59

no one
ppl can justify this action bc if the USA had not dropped the bomb than they would have invaded and it is estimated that another half a million Japanese would have died and that is not including the American lives at stake
2012-05-20 17:17:56

Jessi
A lot of people are confused. While it
was an awful, horrible event, the
alternative would have resulted in more
lives lost on both sides. And it wasn't
just that the Japanese bombed Pearl
Harbor, they refused to surrender
because it would disgrace their
families. It may sound silly to you, but
disgracing your family means any of your
living relatives would be disgraced.
Your grandmother would go to the store,
and if someone saw her coming they would
turn around and go the other way.
2012-05-17 00:44:11

K
That Hiroshima survivor in the first
picture, is he in the video?
2012-05-16 20:39:53

re no war
you do realize the alternative would have costed more lives, an invasion
2012-05-16 04:36:16

NO WAR
No person should ever try to justify this
atrocious crime against humanity.
2012-05-14 09:20:01

KKK
OMG WOW !
2012-05-09 07:41:33

jerry
shoes
2012-05-08 19:09:16

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