Truman's Decisions Before Dropping The Atomic Bomb

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As the war came to an end Truman had two main choices on how to finish the war, either drop the atomic bombs on military and civilian target, invade the Japanese mainland or drop the bomb on an uninhabited island as a warning. There were two different less consired options the first being the idea to demonstrate the power of the nuclear bomb by dropping it on an uninhabited island however this option was quickly shut down as advisors stated, “We can propose no technical demonstration likely to end the war; we see no acceptable alternative to direct military use.” The second less considered option was to warn Japan before dropping the bomb on a Japanese city however like like a demonstration this was shut down quickly, “There was no assurance that the bomb would work’... They too feared that a warning, followed by a “dud” might stiffen Japan’s moral. There was no reason policy makers concluded, to take this risk.” …show more content…

Many generals predicted that over a million American lives lives would be lost in a full scale invasion of Japan, After asking high ranking generals secretary of war Stimson learns that the amount of, “Americans killed could extend from 500,000 to 1,000,000, figures that imply total casualties running in the area of 2,000,000 to 4,000,000.” What Truman mainly focused on was which would save the most American and Japanese lives, Truman stated, “I gave the final order, saying I had no qualms, ‘if millions of lives could be saved.’ I meant both American and Japanese lives… I did what I thought was

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