By April, Japan lay open to direct assault by land as well as air and sea.
This work may be copied for non-profit use if proper credit is given to the author. Following these atomic bombings, Japan surrendered. The second half of this article, which also includes the bibliography, can be found in Part 2. For some who are accustomed to the popular beliefs about this matter, this study may be discomforting, although that is not its intent.
But if we learn from past occurrences, it may make our future decision-making abilities more capable of saving the lives of our soldiers and sailors and of people on all sides. The Tide Turns As the war with Germany drew closer to the end, the Allies waged an increasingly effective war against Japan.
After the fall of the Mariana Islands, including Saipan, to the U. The Japanese-American War,pg. When Air Force chief General Hap Arnold asked in June when the war was going to end, the commander of the B raids, General Curtis LeMay, told him September or Octoberbecause by then they would have run out of industrial targets to bomb Sherry, pg.
Admiral William Leahythe Chief of Staff to President Roosevelt and then to President Truman, wrote, "By the beginning of September , Japan was almost completely defeated through a practically complete sea and air blockade.
Then in May of the surrender of Germany freed the Allies to focus their troops and resources on defeating the final enemy, Japan. Although fighting fanatically, Japan had lost a string of high-casualty battles U. The proclamation demanded "the unconditional surrender of all the Japanese armed forces" U.
In addition, the proclamation made statements that, to the Japanese, could appear threatening to the Emperor: Enter the Bomb and the Soviets On August 6,an atomic bomb was dropped on the people of Hiroshima. Early in the morning of August 9th Manchuria was invaded by the Soviet Union. Late on the morning of August 9th, the U.
Rather than wait to see if the Hiroshima bomb would bring surrender, the atomic bombing order to the Army Air Force stated, "Additional bombs will be delivered on the above targets as soon as made ready by the project staff.
Word of the second nuclear attack was relayed that day to the Japanese government Leon Sigal, Fighting To a Finish, pg.
Bringing the nuclear threat closer to home, rumors were reported to the Japanese military that the next atomic bomb would be dropped on Tokyo, where the government leaders were meeting William Craig, The Fall of Japan, pg. Bombed by the Allies at will, Japan was militarily defeated.
It still remained, however, for defeat to be translated into surrender.During World War II, American physicists and engineers began a race against Nazi Germany to create the first atomic bomb.
This secret endeavor lasted from until under the codename “the Manhattan Project.” In the end, it would be a success in that it forced Japan to surrender and. World War 2 Japan: (Pearl Harbour - Pacific Theater - Iwo Jima - Battle for the Solomon Islands - Okinawa - Nagasaki - Atomic Bomb) Kindle Edition.
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