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today, 62 years ago – Nagasaki

Posted by littleindian on August 9, 2007. |

[continuing from – after Hiroshima


‘Little Boy’ had killed mercilessly, ‘Fat Man’ was patiently waiting in the wings.
6th August was Hiroshima, butMushroom Cloud nagasaki
there had to be more,
so on the 9th it was







was deeply unfortunate,
for it wasn’t the primary target, it was Kokura
and 9th was not the day planned, it was to be 11th August.
Forecasts of bad weather, made the Americans preponed their second bomb run.

Japan was still in a shock at the devastation of Hiroshima, was just three days
adequate to judge the outcome of the first bombing? Why not two weeks?
The Allied invasion was not due for another three months, till November.
Japan didn’t have any WMD that they could deploy in hours or days.
So what was the Americans’ desperate hurry for the second bomb?
The only logical conclusion is the Russian invasion of Japan.

After Hiroshima, the Americans dropped warning leaflets.
These leaflets never reached Nagasaki before the bomb hit the unsuspecting victims.


On the morning of August 9, the U.S. B-29 Superfortress Bockscar
was given the license to kill, in their bomb bay, they carried Fat Man,
Kokura was their primary target not Nagasaki; it was the secondary target.

Fatman was even bigger and more powerful
4.6 tons in weight, packing the destruction power of 21 thousand tons of TNT.

On reaching Kokura, Bockscar found it obscured by clouds, after
three unsuccessful attempts on Kokura they conferred with weaponeer Cmdr Ashworth.
and agreed to strike the secondary target; from that moment,
Nagasaki was doomed to die.

Aiming through a brief cloud opening
the intended aiming point was missed by 3km (2 miles).
Nagasaki’s hilly terrain resulted in lower overall casualties than in flat Hiroshima.

nagasaki before and after

This time the mushroom cloud reached 18km (11m).

The radius of total destruction was about 1.6 km (1 mile),
followed by fires across the northern portion of the city to 3.2 km (2 miles)
40,000 people were killed outright and about 25,000 were injured.
Thousands more were to die later from related injuries, and radiation sickness.

Some survivors from Hiroshima had gone to Nagasaki and got bombed again.

The myth about the Japanese Surrender

Many who argue in favour of the slaughter of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
will say that the bombings ended the war months sooner and saved many lives.
That there would have been casualties on both sides in the planned invasion of Japan.

The chronology of events: contradicts that argument.

July 17th: Potsdam Conference:
The mighty victors, USA, Britain and Russia met to carve the spoils.
To decide on a policy for the occupation of Germany and other countries after the war.

July 26th: Potsdam declaration:
United States, Britain and China: Set conditions on Japan for surrender.

“The might that now converges on Japan is immeasurably greater than that which, when applied to the resisting Nazis, necessarily laid waste to the lands, the industry and the method of life of the whole German people”

“We call upon the government of Japan to proclaim now the unconditional surrender of all Japanese armed forces, and to provide proper and adequate assurances of their good faith in such action. The alternative for Japan is prompt and utter destruction.”

July 27th: the Japanese government considered how to respond to the Declaration…
the cabinet was persuaded not reject until (he) could get a reaction from the Soviets.

July 30th: Ambassador Sato wrote that Stalin was probably talking to the Western Allies about his dealings with Japan.

“There is no alternative but immediate unconditional surrender if we are to prevent Russia’s participation in the war. …

August 6th: Hiroshima destroyed.

(August 8th):
August 9th 0400 hrs Japan
Operation August Storm
Russia broke neutrality pact with Japan and declared war and invaded Manchuria.
1102 hrs – Nagasaki destroyed.

August 14th: Japan surrendered.

Bombings were unnecessary on military grounds:
General Dwight D. Eisenhower in his memoir The White House Years:

“In 1945 Secretary of War Stimson, visiting my headquarters in Germany, informed me that our government was preparing to drop an atomic bomb on Japan. I was one of those who felt that there were a number of cogent reasons to question the wisdom of such an act. During his recitation of the relevant facts, I had been conscious of a feeling of depression and so I voiced to him my grave misgivings, first on the basis of my belief that Japan was already defeated and that dropping the bomb was completely unnecessary, and secondly because I thought that our country should avoid shocking world opinion by the use of a weapon whose employment was, I thought, no longer mandatory as a measure to save American lives.”

Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet

“The Japanese had, in fact, already sued for peace. The atomic bomb played no decisive part, from a purely military point of view, in the defeat of Japan.”

Admiral William D. Leahy, Chief of Staff to President Truman

“The use of [the atomic bombs] at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan. The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender.”

Japan’s decision to surrender was made after the scale of
the Soviet attack on Manchuria, Sakhalin, and the Kuril Islands was known.
Had the war continued, the Russians had plans to invade Hokkaidō
well before the (November) Allied invasion of Kyushu.

Kuznick and Mark Selden, from Cornell University New York, US
at a Greenpeace meeting in London on 6th August 2005:

New studies of the US, Japanese and Soviet diplomatic archives suggest that Truman’s main motive was to limit Soviet expansion in Asia,….
Japan surrendered because the Soviet Union began an invasion a few days after the Hiroshima bombing, not because of the atomic bombs themselves …
account by Walter Brown, assistant to then-US secretary of state James Byrnes, Truman agreed at a meeting three days before the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima that Japan was “looking for peace”. Truman was told by his army generals, Douglas Macarthur and Dwight Eisenhower, and his naval chief of staff, William Leahy, that there was no military need to use the bomb…”Impressing Russia was more important than ending the war in Japan,” …
Truman was also worried that he would be accused of wasting money on the Manhattan Project to build the first nuclear bombs, if the bomb was not used,

62 years ago,
America wanted to occupy Japan, and not let the Russians go in there first.
And if they couldn’t, they would “utterly destruct” Japan, than let Russians take it.

They dropped weapons aimed at mass destructions, at least 200,000 civilians died.
That was not collateral damage, that was deliberately planned killing. 1st degree murder.

What America wants,
they will break all international laws and kill to occupy and plunder.
But in a true cowardly manner only against the weak, non nuclear states.
It threatens to blow any country that wants to develop N-weapons,
but turned a blind eye to their allies, Pakistan and Israel.

62 years after,
America wants to invade and occupy Iran
They want complete control over middle east,
they want to plunder oil and natural gas around the Persian gulf,
and they want to prevent Iran shifting to Euro as their petro currency.

History tells us what America is capable of, let us not get fooled again.

62 years later, I sincerely hope it is not Iran..




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  2. Disturbing but important information here Little Indian.

    It’s all the more scary because the Americans are supposed to be the good guys.

  3. Thanks earthpal,

    America has done it before
    fought a ‘cowardly’ war, burnt and vapourised civilians
    and convinced the world they did it only for the good of humanity.

    That is utter rubbish.

    To get what THEY want,
    with minimum damage to only THEMSELVES
    they will use their nukes as an ATTACK weapon to destroy others.

    While all the blinds of this world, applauds.

  4. very well reserched article.

    its odd how america never dropped the bomb on germany but dropped it on japan.Ethnicity comes into question for sure. A huge persent ofthe american population(even today) is of german ancestory.At first america was reluctant to go to war with hitler.

    but on the other hand, if america would have tried to invade/conquer japan, hell they would be able to do it. But the kamakazi would make sure as hell that there would be severe american loses as well.

  5. Thanks GranderBharat,

    The bombs were not ready by the time the war ended in Europe.
    Hence the urgency to bomb japan before it was over in Asia.

    Yes they could have invaded japan with conventional army and weapons. The Russians had beat them to it, and would have occupied japan well before the American’s (allied) has launched an invasion.

    Of note is, Hiroshima and Nagasaki were chosen as they had few POW in those places.

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