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On This Day… The Bombing Of Hiroshima

Written by: George Chittenden : 05 Sep 2019

It was on this day, 6th August back in 1945 when an American B-29 bomber dropped an atomic bomb for the very first time in history on an actual target. That target was the Japanese city of Hiroshima, a manufacturing centre located around 500 miles from Tokyo. The bomb was known as “Little Boy”, a 9,000-pound uranium-235 bomb produced by a top-secret US military program, codenamed “The Manhattan Project”.

The B-29 bomber that dropped the Hiroshima bomb was named ‘The Enola Gay’ and was flown by Colonel Paul Tibbets. The bomb was dropped by parachute at 8:15am, and it exploded 2,000 feet above Hiroshima in a blast equal to 12-15,000 tons of TNT. As you can imagine it instantly became the deadliest bomb ever dropped, as it killed 80,000 people within seconds and wiped out 90 percent of the city. Tens of thousands of people would die in the weeks that followed from radiation exposure.

So now the controversial bit… why drop the bomb? The shocking truth is that America didn’t need to vaporise such a huge number of innocent people to beat the Japanese. Arguably they were already beaten. Many high-ranking members of the American military disagreed with dropping the bombs. So, if the war was nearly over and the Japanese were no longer a threat, maybe it had more to do with the Soviet Union and America delivering a message.

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