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On 6th August 1945 the first of the two fatal bombs was dropped on the army base of Hiroshima Three days later on the 9th August the second was dropped on Nagasaki Both bombs caused widespread damage to Japan and the knock on effects of radiation have caused the number of those killed to increase every year since 1945 totalling nearly 240000 deaths Therefore those who designed and invented the bomb must have had strong reasons as to why it should be used rather than the conventional bombs The first of these reasons as to why the American government decided to carry out the attacks is because for the four years prior to the use of atomic weapons the Japanese had fought viciously and ferociously and this amounted in the cost of many American lives nearly three hundred thousand deaths during the Second World War The USA government wanted to finish the war quickly with minimum casualties as the cost in human lives of the war was far too much and they couldnt afford to waste any more lives Advisors in 1945 told president Truman that if the war were not finished quickly then it would go on until 1946 maybe even 47 with the cost of up to another one million American lives The day after the first bomb was dropped president Truman explained why he did order the attack by stating we have used it the atomic bomb in order to save the lives of thousands and thousands of young Americans The Japanese army also had a further four million troops and 4800 kamikaze aircraft aircraft filled with high explosives that were flown by a pilot willing to sacrifice his life by flying the plane into an American ship The Japanese had shown that they were prepared to fight in such a manner as they thought it was more honourable to die in battle than surrender and therefore many soldiers volunteered to
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