This is a short but detailed look at the the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki which involved two nuclear attacks during World War II against the Empire of Japan by the United States of America under US President Harry S. Truman.
The characteristic mushroom cloud of radioactive vapour materialized at 30,000 feet!!
As early August 2nd, 1939, before the beginning of World War II, Albert Einstein along with several other well respected scientists wrote to President Franklin D. Roosevelt to inform him that Nazi scientists were attempting to purify uranium-235, which could ultimately be used to build an atomic bomb. It is understood that it is this information which directly resulted in "The Manhattan Project."
On August 6, 1945, the nuclear weapon "Little Boy" was dropped on the city of Hiroshima, followed on August 9, 1945 by the detonation of the "Fat Man" nuclear bomb over Nagasaki.
Includes comments from the actual air crew as well as eye witness reports and analysis of the resulting fallout, necrosis, and radiation poisoning.
The area of total vaporization from the atomic bomb blast measured one half mile in diameter; total destruction one mile in diameter; severe blast damage as much as two miles in diameter. Within a diameter of two and a half miles, everything flammable burned. The remaining area of the blast zone was riddled with serious blazes that stretched out to the final edge at a little over three miles in diameter.
- "My God, what have we done?" - Robert Lewis, the co-pilot of the Enola Gay, the B-29 that dropped the first atomic bomb.
- J. Robert Oppenheimer, though incrdibly happy about the success of the project, quoted a fragment from the Bhagavad Gita. "I am become Death," he said, " the destroyer of worlds."
- Ken Bainbridge, the test director, told Oppenheimer, "Now we're all sons of bitches."