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Why did the Americans drop the Atomic Bomb The atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 killed hundreds of thousands of Japanese people To this day people still speculate why President Truman made the decision to drop the first bomb on Hiroshima on the fateful early-morning of August 6th a bomb which caused horrific deaths and appalling radiation sickness that would last for many years to come It has been quoted that from only the effects of the Hiroshima bomb over 200000 people have died and the question on everybodys lips seems to be why Nearly six months before the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Tokyo was bombed by American B-29 bombers who officially killed 83 793 people Two days later a second attack was carried out on Nagoya The US airforce then systematically bombed and practically wiped out the cities of Kobe Osaka Yokohama and Kawasaki All in all 330 000 Japanese died because of these bombings and to kill even further people the US bombed sixty other cities between mid-June and mid-august The US Air Operations Commander Brigadier General Thomas Power said that the bombing of just Tokyo was the greatest single disaster incurred by any enemy in military history It was greater than the combined damage of Hiroshima and Nagasaki There were more casualties than any other single military action in world history Thus was it really necessary to use atomic weapons Many reasons have been put forward as to why Truman resolved to drop the atomic bombs but the official one given by Truman was that it would save more American lives than it would kill Japanese However Ronald King said The idea that atomic weapons were used against Japan in 1945 to save loss of life
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