The destruction of Hiroshima was the first use of an atomic weapon in warfare. It wiped out a city, ended World War II and changed the course of human history.
By the summer of 1945 World War II?was nearing its end. Nazi Germany and its European allies had surrendered. In the Pacific the Japanese were in retreat from the vast empire they had conquered in 1941-42, but they were far from defeated. As Allied planners considered the problems of invading the Japanese home islands they came to an horrific conclusion. The invasion would cost hundreds of thousands of lives, drag on for months and involve an immense expenditure.
But there was an alternative. The top secret Manhattan Project had produced the atomic bomb - a weapon of awesome power. If the atomic bomb were to be unleashed on Japan it might force the Japanese to surrender, saving untold misery and bloodshed. That decision was taken and the Destruction of Hiroshima followed.
In this ebook defence analyst Andrew May looks not only at the bombing of Hiroshima but also at the Manhattan Project and at the aftermath of the bombing.
Chapter 1 - The Potsdam Declaration
Chapter 2 - The Manhattan Project
Chapter 3 - Target: Japan
Chapter 4 - The Destruction of Hiroshima
Chapter 5 - Aftermath.
About the Author
Andrew May is a former defence scientist with an MA from Cambridge University and a PhD from Manchester University. His thirty year career spanned academia, the civil service and the defence industry. He has worked on advanced technology research in Farnborough, strategic planning in Whitehall and operational analysis for a large defence company. He is now based in the South-West of England where he works as a freelance writer and blogger.