World War II: Nuclear Bombings of Japan

Late in the Second World War, the U.S. government was warned that Nazi Germany might try to create their own atomic weapons. At this, the Manhattan Project was approved, and this would help them create their own nuclear bombs. After extensive research, development and testing, the two bombs were ready. Once the Germans had surrendered, Japan seemed the next likely target. And so on August 6, 1945, the first of two bombs was dropped on that country, killing tens of thousands instantly and injuring countless others. Not long after the second bomb, Japan surrendered and the War ended. In Part 7 of our series on WWII, learns more about the nuclear bombings of Japan during World War II.

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