The Atomic Bomb During World War II Essay

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On August 6, 1945 an American B-29 bomber dropped the world’s first atomic bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The bomb had an unprecedented explosion that wiped out over 90 percent of the city killing over 80,000 people; and thousands more would die later due to radiation. Three days later, as the Japanese were mourning for the dead; a second B-29 dropped another bomb killing over 40,000 people. Soon after the devastating blow, the Emperor of Japan announced the country’s unconditional surrender. Prior to August 6th, the power of Nuclear weapons were yet unknown as well as the consequences which came along with it. When the bomb was used, the prompt and utter destruction brought fear into the world which changed the fate of mankind forever. From the death of hundreds of thousand Japanese, to the ending of the war historians have debated whether it was necessary to drop the atomic bomb during World War II. World War II was not Napoleonic Warfare in the 1800’s where soldiers met each other on the battlefield to settle an issue. With the introduction of airplanes, it took warfare to a whole new level. As factories expanded, more civilian workers became involved as it became more imperative for the war effort. With such large scale operations, large factories were bombed as military objectives. Although the decision to target civilians was morally questionable and distasteful, it had originally begun with the Axis powers. Civilian bombing started as early as 1932 when

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