The Atomic Bombing Of Hiroshima.
In 1941 Japan started a war between themselves and America by bombing American warships at Pearl Harbor. The consequence off this was America was forced to join in the fierce battle of WWII.
America took a lot of small islands from Japan during battles. The aim of this was to be able to move closer and closer to the target, the Japanese mainland. From these islands they could launch air raids on Japan. However the cost of capturing these islands such as Okinawa, Iwo jima, Guam, Guadalcanal and many others was terrible and so was the loss of men and resources.
Eventually when the Americans learnt that the Japanese were not going to surrender without an immense struggle a plan had to be made to invade Japan itself. When President Truman of the USA and the other leaders of the allies were devising the battle plan they had to consider; the timescale (it was thought it could take years), the amount of lives that would be lost and also the amount of men they had left to fight against the Japanese. After discussing this they decided that the cost would be so high and the timescale so long that sending a ground force in wouldn’t be the right idea so they had to think again.
A new weapon had just been tried and tested by the Americans in New Mexico (USA) that had amazing destructive qualities that no other weapon had possessed. It was decided that they were going to use this against Japan because it could bring a swift end to the war and now Japan was in bombing range from the Mariana Islands where America had an Air base.
On Monday the 6th of August 1945 a plane, a B, 29 called Enola Gay took of from Simian in the Mariana Islands with its deadly package.
The plane travelled for approximately 5 hours before the Japanese radar detected it and broadcasted the alert across Hiroshima. Soon afterward an American weather plane circled over the city, but there was no sign of bombers. The people began their daily...