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Paul Tibbets: The Little Boy And Fat Man

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The Little Boy and Fat Man “A bright light filled the plane. The first shock wave hit us. We were eleven and a half a mile slant range from the atomic explosion but the whole airplane cracked and crinkled from the blast... We turn back to look at Hiroshima. The whole city was hidden by that awful cloud… mushrooming, terrible and incredibly tall. (Paul Tibbets) ” This is what the world saw on August 6th 1945 when the United States Air Force dropped a 10,000 pound nuclear bomb from the sky on Hiroshima. Paul Tibbets was a brigadier general in the United States Air Force. He was the pilot who flew the Enola Gay aircraft with the missions of dropping nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The United…show more content…
This creates countless problems for those effected including, injuries, the displacement of people, and death. As soon as the bomb hit the streets of Hiroshima, tens of thousands of people got injured instantly. This can be proven because “experts say there were cases of temporary or permanent blindness due to the intense flash of light… a fire storm consumed all available oxygen caused by suffocation… ICRC recorded many victims with ruptured internal organs, open fractures, broken skulls and penetration wounds. Acute radiation symptoms include vomiting, headaches, nausea, diarrhoea, and hemorrhaging and hair loss.” These are some but not all the injuries the citizens endured. These injuries have short-term and long-term consequences that will change their lives forever. Since the bomb shredded anything in its path, many people’s homes and were destroyed which left many people homeless or elsewhere. This is seen when “In Nagasaki 14,000 thousand or 27% of 52,000 residences were completely destroyed… Only 12% remained undestroyed.” This concludes the destruction wiped out a large number of homes and left the people displaced or homeless. Definitely the worst consequence of the dropping the atom bomb is the number of lives lost. It is reported that “66,000 people were killed at Hiroshima out of a population of 255,000”. That is almost a quarter of the entire city! There were many gruesome ways in which people died. Some of which include “Very large number of person were crushed in their homes and in the building in which they were working… large numbers of the population walked for considerable distances after the detonation before they collapsed and died. Victims at the epicenter of the explosion were instantly vaporized. After a lull without any special causes, deaths became to occur from purpura… the so-called bone marrow syndrome.” This clearly indicates the suffering and trauma the
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