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The Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki


            The purpose of this research paper is to answer the question could have the atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki been avoided? On Monday, August 6, 1945, at 8:15 a.m., the first Atomic Bomb had been codenamed "Little Boy" because it had an explosive force of some 12,500 tons of TNT. "Little Boy" was dropped on Hiroshima by an American B-29 bomber aircraft. The first bomb instantly killed an estimated 80,000 people. The second atomic bomb the United States dropped was on Nagasaki on Thursday, August 9, 1945, at 11:02 a.m., an estimated 70,000 people were killed instantly by the impact of the second bomb┬ácodenamed "Fat Man". I believe that the atomic bombings that occurred in Hiroshima and Nagasaki was needed to end the Pacific war, but at what cost? Many lost lives and loved ones because these two countries could not find a peaceful solution. .
             There are many different factors that played a part leading up to the bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The biggest factor that I believe was World War ll. World War ll was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945. The war involved a vast majority of the world's most powerful nations at the time. There were two main sides fighting against each other in World War ll. The Allies which consisted of Great Britain, the Soviet Union, and the United States against the Axis powers which consisted of Germany, Italy, and Japan. Britain and France declared war on Germany September 3, 1939 as a result of the German invasion of Poland September 1, 1939. Italy entered the war on June 10, 1940, shortly before the collapse of France. On June 22, 1941 Germany ambushed the Soviet Union. And on December 7, 1941 at 7:48 a.m., the Japanese Navy attacked the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor located in Oahu, Hawaii. Pearl Harbor was a defining moment in United States history because it was the first terrorist attack the United States has ever faced on American soil.


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