The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

On August 6th, in 1945, America dropped it's first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. Germany had surrendered back in may and that had left Japan as Americas sole target in the war. Although America had engaged in some battle with Japan, it was time to bring the war to an end.

Japan wasn't left with much time to recover when we dropped another bomb on them in Nagasaki three days later. The heavy amount of damage done in such a short amount of time, not to imagine the countless amount of people who died because of radiation later.

Although most people believe the war would have ended relatively soon regardless, not many people disagree that the bombings did a lot to expedite the end of the war.

The bombing killed over 100,000 people, but in the long run it probably saved countless more. Had the bombing not happened, the war most likely would've dragged on longer with more deaths in all the battles.

Franklin Roosevelt was president when we started the war, but he didn't live to see our hard won victory. The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is still a relatively controversial

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