Why We Chose Hiroshima And Nagasaki.

by Daniel Russ on November 17, 2010

Nuclear Explosion

A. The range of the aircraft which would carry the bomb.

B. The desirability of visual bombing in order to insure the most effective use of the bomb.

C. Probable weather conditions in the target areas.

D. Importance of having one primary and two secondary targets for each mission, so that if weather conditions prohibited bombing the target there would be at least two alternates.

E. Selection of targets to produce the greatest military effect on the morale of the Japanese people and effectively shorten the war.

Hiroshima is really six islands created by seven river inlets in the Ota River delta that empty into Hiroshima

Hiroshima Before and After

Bay. It is flat and provided an good target for allowing maximum blast damage. Hiroshima was also headquarters for the Japanese 2nd Army and a staging area for Japanese troops and supplies deployed into the defense of all the Southern Japanese cities.

Nagasaki is a city also at the end of an Island, this one Kyushu, and was large port city that built Japanese Naval vessels.

I found this information in a manual published by the United States Government that was the official handbook on the effects of the blasts on these two cities.

It is astonishing the amount of damage and the fact that we are the only country ever to drop a nuke on an enemy.

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Louis September 1, 2017 at 3:44 am

Also Hiroshima had not been bombed seriously in the previous air campaign, so much better way of assessing the damage

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