Prolonging the war was not an option for the President.Over 3,500 Japanese kamikaze raids had already wrought great destruction and loss of American lives.Report broken link Two atomic bombs which were dropped on Japan Maximum temperature of "Little Boy" at burst point: several million degrees centigrade.
A photo of the Enola Gay, the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, is included.
Report broken link Remembering Nagasaki One day after the bombing of Nagasaki, photographer Yosuke Yamahata documented the devastation.
" It is a question still being addressed on a daily basis.
Atomic Bomb: Decision (Hiroshima-Nagasaki)Find short, descriptive links to many of the important documents surrounding the decision to use the atomic bomb on Japan here.
A Normandy-type amphibious landing would have cost an estimated million casualties.
Truman believed that the bombs saved Japanese lives as well.
The bombs did, however, bring an end to the most destructive war in history.
The Manhattan Project that produced it demonstrated the possibility of how a nation's resources could be mobilized. The question that came flying out was, "How will the world use its nuclear capability?
Regardless, the United States remains the only nation in the world to have used a nuclear weapon on another nation.
Truman stated that his decision to drop the bomb was purely military.