Sites related to the atomic bombing of Japan during World War II, including the planning of and preparation for the bombing and the immediate aftermath of the bombing. This will include sites on the USS Indianapolis, the 509th Composite Group, the Manhattan Project, and the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as well as post war surveys of these cities.
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A-Bomb - The Destroyer of Worlds
Includes Trinity today, timeline, history, the theory, reasoning, considerations, and the aftermath.
A brief historical article on the bomb, includes links to articles on related material, definitions, and quotations from primary sources.
A large collection of links to information relating to the atomic bombing.
The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb
A well-referenced study of the American decision to use the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki by Louis Morton.
Fifty Years from Trinity
Articles from the Seattle Times to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the first nuclear test.
Harnessing of Nuclear Fission - The Story of the Atomic Bomb
Brief article on the atomic scientists and their experiments from 1934-1945.
Hiroshima: Was It Absolutely Necessary?
An account that summarizes the events that led to Japan's surrender, and considers other means of achieving surrender by Doug Long.
Hiroshima: Was it Necessary?
Article and quotes which explore the premise that the a-bombings were probably not necessary to conclude the war, and includes diary excerpts from Truman and Stimson, bibliography, biographies of major figures, and links.
National Security Archive
Collection of primary source material relating to the use of the atomic bomb in PDF format available from George Washington University.
Nuclear Weapons - History
Large, comprehensive collection of online documents relating to the bombing and the issues surrounding it.
Official Bombing Order
Authorized the use of the atomic bomb against Japanese cities, drafted by General Groves and approved by President Truman and Secretary of War Stimson at Potsdam on July 25, 1945.
Full text and photos of a brochure issued by the U.S. Department of Energy, National Atomic Museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico, January 1994.
Truman’s Motivations: Using the Atomic Bomb in the Second World War
Research paper examining the motivations for using the atomic bomb against Japan.
United States Strategic Bombing Survey: Summary Report (Pacific War)
Original text of the report on the conduct of the bombing campaign against Japan outlining the factors which influenced decisions in planning, and describes the effects of the atomic bombing in the context of the overall bombing campaign.
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