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Essay On Operation Downfall

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On August 6, 1945, during World War II, and American B-29 bomber dropped the world’s first atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Three days later, a B-29 dropped a second atomic bomb on the city of Nagasaki. General Douglas MacArthur and other top military commanders favored continuing the conventional bombing of Japan already in effect and following up with a massive invasion, codenamed “Operation Downfall.” They advised President Truman that such an invasion would result in U.S. casualties of up to 1 million. In order to avoid such a high casualty rate, Truman decided–over the moral reservations of Secretary of War Henry Stimson, General Dwight Eisenhower and a number of the Manhattan Project scientists–to use the atomic bomb in the hopes of bringing the war to a quick end. America was wrong to drop the atomic bombs on Japan. These actions resulted in a deterioration in Japan’s economy, the Japanese people witnessed traumatic experiences, and…show more content…
These efforts were started by a group of former Prime Ministers. A step towards their goal was taken to Imperial Conference on June 26, 1944. At this meeting the Emperor claimed that he, “...desired the development of a plan to end the war as well as one to defend the home islands...” (HyperWar: USSBS)(Matthew Carney) The atomic bombings remarkably speed up the political procedure within the Japanese government. The thoughts of surrender were officially entertained on August 9, 1945, when Russian declared war on Japan. In conclusion, the atomic bombs were an atrocious creation. The Japanese economy suffered one of the greatest recessions the world has ever seen, the survivors were horrified by what they had endured and experienced combat fatigue and neurosis, and arrangements to peacefully end the war were already in
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