Hiroshima after the US atomic bombing
On August 6, 1945 and again on August 9, 1945 the United States dropped atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. The stated reason for this first and still only use of atomic weapons was the need to hasten the end of World War II.
But Japan was devastated by months of the bombing of its cities, and numerous defeats at the hands of the United States military. Japan finally surrendered unconditionally when the Soviet Union declared war on the empire of Japan and briefly invaded Japanese held Manchuria. The instant incineration of 250,000 people and the additional tens of thousands more who died subsequently from associated wounds, radiation poisoning and radiation-induced cancers was primarily a warning to the Soviet Union whose war time marriage of convenience with the United States was about to end. [read more]