Essay about The Atomic Bomb

1343 Words May 12th, 2016 6 Pages
In the world today, modern warfare is shaped to fight an enemy that cannot be faced head on. Once man stopped fighting wars hand to hand with guns and swords, he took to the skies to drop bombs and spray bullets. It was only a matter of time before the price was too high for the collateral damage to be worth it. This militaristic milestone was reached by the creation of the atomic bomb in 1945. They decimated the target area, leaving nothing but shadow and ash in its wake. The fallout of the bombs ended the initial war, but provided the spark necessary to start all subsequent wars to come. Based on the permanent changes to human society and psychology following the creation of the atomic bombs, it is a valid statement to say it was the most significant event of the 20th century.

On December 7th, 1941 Japan sent a company of kamikaze planes to the US naval base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (Pearl Harbor). Over the course of two hours, 2,400 Americans were killed, 20 airplanes were damaged or destroyed, and about 300 ships were damaged or destroyed (Maranzani). Eager to seek revenge for an attack on American soil, the US began work on the atomic bomb, through a top secret government operation code named, The Manhattan Project (The Manhattan Project). Four years later, on August 6th, 1945 a US B-29 bomber dropped the first atomic weapon on Hiroshima, Japan. 80,000 people died instantaneously. America requested the Japanese surrender, they refused. Three days after that, a second…

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