Germany’s war had ended, but the Japanese were still fighting to the last man in the Pacific War and it seemed that the Japanese would not surrender to the Americans, but all that changed in a week in August.
August 6th, 1945, the Enola Gay releases one of the most devastating weapons on the city of Hiroshima, the atomic bomb. In a short few minutes, the city is in ruins and people are instantly killed from flash burns, falling debris and radiation exposure.
Then on the 9th of August, Bockscar releases a bomb on the city of Nagasaki, and once again, as in Hiroshima the damage is extensive and tens of thousands of people are instantly killed, others suffering from terrible wounds from the horrifically bright flash from the atomic bomb.
These two days mark the only time that the atom bomb has been used and hopefully it stays that way.
The damage was extensive and the first day the bombs were dropped, the number of casualties was severely high, and victims continued to die from their wounds days or months later.
But, ultimately in the end, Japan surrendered to the Americans and WWII came to an end.
We’ve seen pictures of the devastation that was left behind after the atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and I hope that these are the only times they’ll be used. The sheer power and devastation and loss of life will be very high.