August 6, 1945 ~ Truman Drops the A-bomb on Hiroshima
President Harry S. Truman faced a decision of unprecedented gravity.
Any attempt to invade the Japanese home islands would result in horrific American casualties.
Truman concluded that deploying the newly developed Atomic bomb would save nearly 1-million American lives and ultimately Japanese lives by bringing the war to a swift end.
Truman issued a demand for an immediate unconditional surrender and stated that refusal would result in total destruction.
The Japanese Military refused.
On August 6, 1945, the American B-29 bomber Enola Gay piloted by Col. Paul Tibbets dropped the five-ton “Little Boy” bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima
Instantly, 70,000 Japanese citizens were vaporized.
Despite the horrific destruction Japan still refused to surrender.
On August 9, a second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, where 80,000 Japanese people perished.
Ultimately, on August 14, 1945, the Japanese surrendered unconditionally.