Today in History
A B-29 Superfortress named the Enola Gay forever stamped its print in modern history by dropping the bomb "Little Boy" on the city of Hiroshima. This was the United States' last ditch effort to push Imperial Japan out of the war without initiating operation Downfall, the full-on invasion of Japan. Allied casualties were projected in the millions, Japanese in the tens of millions, 65 years ago today, the first of two bombs was dropped, quickly drawing an end to perhaps the largest and bloodiest conflict in history for the western world. (East Germans and states underneath the soviet regime would likely tell you that the war didn't end until 1989, and the fighting in China did not cease for some years either)
An interesting aside to the reputation that the Atomic bomb gained for killing a few hundred thousand civilians was that the firebombing of Tokyo alone was attributed to the deaths of 90,000 civillians, but after the first major cities were destroyed, casualties decreased dramatically due to a large scale movement to the countryside. Also, even after Hiroshima, many Japanese officials denied that anything had happened, it took Nagasaki for the emporer to force the generals to the bargaining table. Please take a moment to remember those dead on all sides today, sadly the hundreds of thousands dead from the atomic bombs were only a dent in the destruction seen in the course of the Second World War.
Last edited by thedcorvette; 08-06-2010 at 09:18 AM.