The Atomic Bombing of Japan

Was It Necessary?

Authored by: Robert Buzzanco

The Routledge Handbook of American Military and Diplomatic History

Print publication date:  June  2013
Online publication date:  August  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415888479
eBook ISBN: 9781135070991
Adobe ISBN: 9781135071028

10.4324/9781135070991.ch16

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Abstract

On August 6, 1945, the Enola Gay, a B-29 Bomber piloted by Colonel Paul Tibbets, dropped the first of two atomic bombs against Japan, hitting Hiroshima and killing perhaps 150,000 people and destroying the city. Three days later, U.S. planes dropped another bomb on Nagasaki, and Japan sued for peace days later, thus ending the war in the Pacific Theater, and hence World War II.

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