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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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Guy
"Oh God, What have we done?"
2009-01-23 19:37:41

Gerard
At the time of dropping the bombs Japan had no army to speak off left and America had firebombed most of the cities around the country. The dropping of the bombs had little to do with Japan and a LOT with the USSR...
2009-01-19 17:01:15

No Name
*sighs* It is indeed sad that he has to live like that, but we did what we did to end the war as quickly as possible.

Japan at the time was of the mindset that surrender was dishonorable. To quit was dishonorable. We chose the citys that we did, 1 to get the point across that we could kill everyone if we wanted and two to keep the civilain casualties as low as possible to still prove point 1. The dropping of the bombs potentially saved millions of lives. So watch what you say about that decision.
2009-01-16 14:15:56

BILAL
So Sadddddddddddddddddddddd
Americans Young basters
2009-01-15 22:04:39

BluDevil93
Who is the old man in the picture?

He sure must have endured hell with those burns......
2009-01-15 20:50:54

Eric
Wow how could we do this, wtf is wrong with us...
2009-01-14 23:25:18

3G
Any live American?
Comment please.
2009-01-08 17:18:35

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