The Dropping Of The Atomic Bomb

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The war in the Pacific was one that was truly amongst the Japanese and the Americans. After the bombing in Pearl Harbor in 1941 by the Japanese the tension between these two countries grew incredibly. But the years 1944 and 1945 are huge for the war in the Pacific. So much happens that leads to the surrender of the Japanese forces. It also forever changes military tactics with the production and use of the atomic bomb. This paper will discuss the firebombing of Tokyo, the dropping of the atomic bombs and lastly the surrender of Japan. The bombing of Tokyo was one of the first major moments leading up to an Allied victory. This took place on the night of March 9-10, 1945. General Curtis LeMay was leading this air strike by the Americans. The plan was too bomb four Japanese cities, Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe and Nagoya. This action would be carried out by B-29 aircrafts loaded down with bombs. The reason for the air strike over cities was because it was holding the largest Japanese supplies. Factories and military efforts were being built in the middle of these cities. There problems Americans had was …show more content…
The first dropping of a bomb was on August 6, 1945, and then a few days later another is dropped on the 9 of August 1945. The bomb was dropped by the United States on Japanese cities in hopes of a final end to the war. Before America decided to drop the bomb they did consider options. They were probably always going to drop it but since they had no way of knowing what it would do they did have to create a backup plan if it didn’t work. They created Operation Downfall. This would have been an on land attack, by putting soldiers on the ground in Japan. If it came to this it was estimated that American would lose around 500,000 deaths in this operation. This would be more than any in the whole world. This was not an option for America unless the bombs didn’t

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