Hiroshima 74 years ago

Discussion in 'All Anniversaries' started by Lindele, Aug 6, 2019.

  1. Lindele

    Lindele formerly HA96

    The first atomic bombing on 6th August 1945.
    If I look around the world today, have we learnt our lesson?

  2. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Cant compare Stefan
    The japanese werent giving up, so there was the option and it was used twice
    Blame the emperor of japan and his fanatical military.

    end of.
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  3. SDP

    SDP Incurable Cometoholic Patron

    A total tragedy that the bomb had to be used but, in my mind, it was a case of 'if needs must'. Dropping the Bombs also most likely saved my Uncle George's life - he was a POW courtesy of the Japanese on the island of Formosa (Taiwan) at the time...
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  4. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    I think we have learnt our lesson as they haven't been used in anger since the 2 were dropped on Japan.

    We'll always have small wars.
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  5. SDP

    SDP Incurable Cometoholic Patron

    I hope you are right. Who knows what nutters will arise in the future...that's possibly a good argument for keeping the damn things.
  6. Blutto

    Blutto Plane Mad

    Being old enough to have known and talked with people that were subject to awful maltreatment by the Japanese, I can say that I have absolutely no sympathy for Japan whatsoever.
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  7. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Worry more about asteroids smashing into the earth
    I might have mentioned this once or twice and then dont get me started being over run by robots and the like
    Oh oh
    Then aliens dont forget them
  8. canuck

    canuck Token Colonial Patron

    As tragic as the atomic bomb was, for the reasons you mentioned, it was unlikely that the war on Japan would have ended without some form of tragedy. Most of us are familiar with the casualty estimates (both sides) for a conventional invasion of Japan.
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  9. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    I once read an article (attached) by Australian war correspondent, WG Burchett, who visited Hiroshima on the 2nd September 1945:

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  10. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

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  11. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

    Exactly right. Imagine thousands of women and children with bamboo spears attacking Americans with automatic weapons.
    Dad was home from Europe on leave and getting ready to go to the west coast and then the PTO. He heard the news on the radio.
  12. canuck

    canuck Token Colonial Patron

    Once the bomb was operationally ready, Truman really had no choice but to use it. I shudder to think of the reaction by the American people if the atom bomb had been withheld in favour of another landing(s) and subsequent land campaign in Japan.
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  13. 8RB

    8RB Well-Known Member

    By the end of the war, my father, together with his mother and younger brother, was being fed no more than some sort of starch porridge, in a Japanese prison camp on Java. His father had been made POW in early 1942 and was later shipped off by the Japanese to Thailand, to work on the Burma Railroad. Somehow they all survived. My father always remained convinced that without the atomic bomb this would most likely not have been the case. I think he was right. At the same time I do feel sorry for all those people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, many of them will have been kids, just like my father.
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