The Bombing Of Hiroshima And Nagasaki

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Nuclear Paper: The Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki World War Two is arguably the most famous war in world history. It is remembered as a very tragic and influential historical event across the globe. Many countries joined the war at different times, but the general start date has been narrowed to the period of time between 1931 and 1939. The war was primarily between two main powers; the Axis nations, consisting of Nazi Germany, Italy, and Japan, and the Allied nations, led by Britain and Commonwealth nations, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and the United States of America. Controversial acts of war were performed on all sides, though one of the most memorable and still debated of these was the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Japan in the summer of 1945. There were two bombs used, one for each city. The first was a Uranium fission bomb coined “Little Boy” [see figure 1] that was dropped from the Enola Gay B-29 bomber on Hiroshima at 8:15 am on August 6, 1945. Little Boy was 10 feet long, 28 inches wide, and weighed 9,700 pounds. It contained high enriched uranium or “Oralloy” as fuel. The bomb was dropped via parachute by Commander Paul Tibbet and exploded 2,000 feet above Hiroshima. According to The Atomic Heritage Foundation, only 1.38% of the uranium fuel actually fissioned; yet the explosive force released was equivalent to approximately 15 kilotons of TNT. The explosion wiped out 90% of Hiroshima and an estimated 80,000 people were either
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