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Hiroshima and Nagasaki by kellymcdonald Hiroshima and Nagasaki by kellymcdonald
The atomic bombings of the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan were conducted by the United States during the final stages of World War II in 1945. These two events represent the only use of nuclear weapons in war to date.
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PeteSeeger Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student Writer
It was an unfortunate necessity.
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sanniebannie4 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
*throws rock at America*  Alfred, you jerk! Look what you did to poor Kiku. ):<
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Delneko Featured By Owner May 14, 2015
This makes me feel so much *clutches chest* Can people stope leaving their boxes of feels around? I keep tripping over them.

Also, am I the only one that sees a ghostly face next to Japan's right elbow? It's smiling and it's kinda creeping me out...
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JackNelson01 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015   General Artist
I am from Britain, I know a lot about military history. I always felt sorry the Japanese having two of their cities getting destroyed like, America killed civilians not soldiers. And that to me is cowardice not victory.
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I-Phillip Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015
Despite the atrocity of the act, in America's defense they did a warning campaign where they dropped hundreds of thousands of evacuation notices on the cities, the civilians were not permitted to leave by their government. This is in no justification for the horrible act, but there were atrocities committed by both sides.
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PeteSeeger Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student Writer
The Japanese killed ten million people in the Second World War.
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I-Phillip Featured By Owner 5 days ago
"The Japanese millitary", you meant.  These were innocent people just going about their day.
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PeteSeeger Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student Writer
So were those at Nanking. And at Pearl Harbour. And in Singapore. That didn't stop the Japanese army.
Never trick yourself into beleiving that the difference between soldiers and civilians is just a forced wartime politeness at the best of times.
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JackNelson01 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 31, 2015   General Artist
True, mind you know did it was from Britain During the Boar War that it was our country that first used 'Concentration Camp' Before the Nazi's gave it a whole new meaning.
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sampea Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
:'(
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PeteSeeger Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Student Writer
An unfortunate necessity.
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OnlyTheGhosts Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015
Not it wasn't.

American leaders who were in a position to know the facts did not believe, either at the time or later, that the atomic bombings were needed to end the war.

"The Japanese were ready to surrender and it wasn't necessary to hit them with that awful thing ... I hated to see our country be the first to use such a weapon," Eisenhower said in 1963.

General Curtis LeMay, who had pioneered precision bombing of Germany and Japan (and who later headed the Strategic Air Command and served as Air Force chief of staff), put it most succinctly: "The atomic bomb had nothing to do with the end of the war."

Shortly after "V-J Day," the end of the Pacific war, Brig. General Bonnie Fellers summed up in a memo for General MacArthur: "Neither the atomic bombing nor the entry of the Soviet Union into the war forced Japan's unconditional surrender. She was defeated before either these events took place."

Similarly, Admiral Leahy, Chief of Staff to presidents Roosevelt and Truman, later commented:

It is my opinion that the use of the barbarous weapon at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan ... The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender because of the effective sea blockade and the successful bombing with conventional weapons ... My own feeling was that in being the first to use it, we had adopted an ethical standard common to the barbarians of the Dark Ages. I was not taught to make war in that fashion, and wars cannot be won by destroying women and children.



In April and May 1945, Japan made three attempts through neutral Sweden and Portugal to bring the war to a peaceful end.

On July 12, Hirohito summoned Fumimaro Konoye, who had served as prime minister in 1940-41. Explaining that "it will be necessary to terminate the war without delay," the Emperor said that he wished Konoye to secure peace with the Americans and British through the Soviets. As Prince Konoye later recalled, the Emperor instructed him "to secure peace at any price, notwithstanding its severity."

July 13, Foreign Minister Shigenori Togo wired ambassador Naotake Sato in Moscow: "See [Soviet foreign minister] Molotov before his departure for Potsdam ... Convey His Majesty's strong desire to secure a termination of the war ... Unconditional surrender is the only obstacle to peace ..."



Chicago Tribune reporter Walter Trohan, was obliged by wartime censorship to withhold for seven months one of the most important stories of the war.

In an article that finally appeared August 19, 1945, on the front pages of the Chicago Tribune and the Washington Times-Herald, Trohan revealed that on January 20, 1945, two days prior to his departure for the Yalta meeting with Stalin and Churchill, President Roosevelt received a 40-page memorandum from General Douglas MacArthur outlining five separate surrender overtures from high-level Japanese officials. (The complete text of Trohan's article is in the Winter 1985-86 Journal, pp. 508-512.)

This memo showed that the Japanese were offering surrender terms virtually identical to the ones ultimately accepted by the Americans at the formal surrender ceremony on September 2

The authenticity of the Trohan article was never challenged by the White House or the State Department, and for very good reason. After General MacArthur returned from Korea in 1951, his neighbor in the Waldorf Towers, former President Herbert Hoover, took the Trohan article to General MacArthur and the latter confirmed its accuracy in every detail and without qualification.


A leading voice of American Protestantism, Christian Century, strongly condemned the bombings. An editorial entitled "America's Atomic Atrocity" in the issue of August 29, 1945, told readers:

The atomic bomb was used at a time when Japan's navy was sunk, her air force virtually destroyed, her homeland surrounded, her supplies cut off, and our forces poised for the final stroke ... Our leaders seem not to have weighed the moral considerations involved. No sooner was the bomb ready than it was rushed to the front and dropped on two helpless cities ... The atomic bomb can fairly be said to have struck Christianity itself ... The churches of America must dissociate themselves and their faith from this inhuman and reckless act of the American Government.

Commonweal, took a similar view. Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the magazine editorialized, "are names for American guilt and shame."


Leo Szilard, a Hungarian-born scientist who played a major role in the development of the atomic bomb, argued against its use. "Japan was essentially defeated," he said, and "it would be wrong to attack its cities with atomic bombs as if atomic bombs were simply another military weapon." In a 1960 magazine article, Szilard wrote: "If the Germans had dropped atomic bombs on cities instead of us, we would have defined the dropping of atomic bombs on cities as a war crime, and we would have sentenced the Germans who were guilty of this crime to death at Nuremberg and hanged them."

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PeteSeeger Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Student Writer
The Japanese Emperor was for the most part a figurehead, all real power in the hands of the Military, who as fanatical devotees of the Bushido Code, would never surrender.
Furthermore you treat it as completely unprovoked, when if fact Imperial Japan committed at least as many atrocities in the war as their Nazi allies.
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OnlyTheGhosts Featured By Owner Edited Mar 8, 2015
You're simply parading the same old cliche, the same old wartime propaganda. Like the crap in Hollywood movies.

It also appears that you very rudely didn't really read what I stated in my previous comment. You skipped over all those little inconvenient truths about the dropping of the bombs being unnecessary and actually a war crime, and went right to trying to "excuse" the atrocities with repetition of wartime propaganda and an argument of false moral equivalence. Sorry, just because one side is evil, doesn't make the other side less evil. If one man does terrible things, that doesn't mean the other man who does terrible things is any better, nor does it "excuse" the evils committed by either.

I suggest you become more enlightened, and learn more history and culture instead of repeating those old racist lies and bullcrap. You know nothing "real" about Japan, nor about Germany. You simply repeated that ancient wartime demonisation, the old cliche crap, the old lies used during wartime - then continued after the war to excuse the evil horrors carried out by the victors.

You could - for example - read the McCollum Memo which outlined a plan for instigating war with Japan.
whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTI…

The memo proves that the government leaders of the USA in the late 1930s desired to lure Japan into an attack; it wasn't declassified and made public until 1994. It took 50 years for the truth about Pearl Harbor to be revealed.

One of the hardest things in life is to realise that you've been lied to, indoctrinated, brainwashed by propaganda, and be willing to go beyond it, get past the "official lies" of whatever you were taught to believe, and discover for yourself what the truth is.

The truth will distress you. It's a painful experience to awaken to how much bullshit you've accepted without knowing it. I've been there, I used to believe the same crap as you do now. It took years to get past that crap. It made me angry when I discovered how much I'd been lied to.
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PeteSeeger Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Student Writer
The Japs had it coming. Cliche or not it's the truth of things.

I read what you stated. It's just that it was all nonsense. The horrors committed by the Nips don't justify the attacks. The fact they were the least costly course of action does.

If you truly believe that crimes committed by the Nazi bastards and their Nip allies didn't happen you're the biggest dumbass on the Earth.

McCollum never had contact with President Roosevelt. And besides that it wouldn't have been such a bad idea, as the Americans were well aware of the horrors being committed by the Nips in China and Southeast Asia.

Oh boo damn hoo. Big bad government lied. Eleven millions people under German rule didn't die. They just disappeared into the atmosphere.
-_- Get some sense you halfwit.
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OnlyTheGhosts Featured By Owner Edited Mar 8, 2015
The "Japs"? How racist you sound. You definitely are stuck in the past somewhere in a propagandised mindset. Perhaps you never paid much attention to the history of the era, when empires and colonialism was normal. The whole over-dramatised bullshit story that "Japs were bad because they had imperial ambitions" ignores that EVERY major nation was doing the exact same thing, because that's how the whole world worked. It was okay for Westerners to be colonial and imperialistic - apparently it still is, judging by the actions of Europe and the USA as they continue to bomb brown people and steal resources at the point of the gun - yet, at the same time, you criticise an Asian nation for acting the same way. Hypocrisy ever bite you in the arse much, or do you never open your eyes to recognise it?

I never said a damn fucking thing about the Japanese 'not' committing any atrocities, that's just YOUR bullcrap as you try to justify a hypocritical defence of Allied atrocities. A lot of those Allied atrocities were buried, censored, hidden for decades along with the actual deathtolls experienced by all sides. Propaganda has ruled the mainstream media and ruled the textbooks that you and I grew up with. In school, much of what we are taught is a big pile of lies. About everything.

The truth has been coming out though. The Allies carried out some horrors that many still want to be dismissed and ignored. Both during the war and immediately afterward. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was no "surprise attack", and that's been exposed as the truth for decades. The Japanese military attacked a MILITARY target and military personnel, killing thousands - the American government leadership responded with the horrific firebombing of CIVILIANS in Tokyo. Later firebombings of 63 Japanese cities also targeted civilian population centres, the American claims that the bombings targeted factories were proven false many years after the war. 30 German cities were also firebombed, again, this was deliberate targeting of civilians. In 1945 Eisenhower used the Morgenthau Plan to set up 200 POW camps along the where the US Army starved to death millions of  German POWs. The USA ignored the Geneva convention by spurious pretence and legal word games. U.S. Army warehouses had 13.5 million Red Cross food parcels taken from the ICRC, which were never distributed. and that Red Cross food parcels were confiscated by SHAEF, and the War Department banned them from being given to the men in the camps. In Japan, in the prefecture of Kanagawa, 10 000 Japanese women were raped by American soldiers every month during the early military occupation of Japan. Mass rapes happened in Germany too, but the Allied authorities turned a blind eye to the situation.

Your strange refutal of the McCollum Memo is very peculiar, lacking in logic. Whoever said that McCollum needed to directly meet a president? It was an official document, and what was outlined (if you bothered to read it) demonstrates the planning for instigating a war with Japan, also providing the reasoning and motivation. Have you read it, or did you yet again rely on Wikipedai-the-Encyclopedia-for-trolls-and-idiots? Perhaps you got your irrational dismissive statements from a forum such as rightwing apologist's blog.

You respond with insults, not brains, therefore the half-wit is YOU.

Fuck off idiot. You're blocked because  1) you're a racist twit, 2) you're a braindead idiot.


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Even though I'm a Korean,  I feel terrible for the innocent Japanese people who have died in the bombing, but it was the only way to end the war quickly.  If they invaded by land, millions of American lives would have been lost and more civilians would have been killed.  Not only the Japanese victims should be mourned, the ones who have been killed, beaten, or tortured in the prison camps of the Imperial Japanese Military and the Nazi Party should all be mourned.  Every civilian, resistance fighter, and militiaman shall be mourned, not just our soldiers, sailors, marines, and pilots.  Semper Fidelis.
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OnlyTheGhosts Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015
Really, it wasn't. Please read more history than only whatever nonsense is paraded after the event to excuse an atrocity.

General Curtis LeMay, who had pioneered precision bombing of Germany and Japan (and who later headed the Strategic Air Command and served as Air Force chief of staff), put it most succinctly: "The atomic bomb had nothing to do with the end of the war."

The Japanese government leadership had been trying to negotiate surrender for at least 11 months before those bombs were dropped. The USA government leaders IGNORED them, as they wanted to use these horror weapons to intimidate the USSR.

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PokeSmosher365 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Student General Artist
I wonder how Hetalia would depict this incident.
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Kiniro-chan Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
It's sad but at the same time that bombing help Indonesia get their independence, proclaim it at 17 August 1945. Why did war even start? Why don't replace it with friendship to help in war? It's confusing.
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PeteSeeger Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Student Writer
The war started because the Axis Powers ultra-racist policies gave them the feeling of superiority and entitlement to onquer any others they sought to.
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Kiniro-chan Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Some additions, Japan was told to be even more cruel at colonizing Indonesia, more than Netherlands who colonize Indonesia for 350 years long.
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Geekygirl43 Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
Even thought I do feel that there could have been an alternative to the Atom bombs, one thing to know is that Japanese attitude in war is similar to Spartans, you either come back alive or die trying, so there was going to be no unconditional surrender. On top of that Truman saw it as the only way to end the war without sacrificing the lives of Americans.
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OnlyTheGhosts Featured By Owner Edited Mar 8, 2015
Truman was lying, and the Japanese government had been trying to negotiate surrender for over eleven months before Hiroshima was nuked.

What you allege about Japanese attitudes is racist crap. Like the wartime propaganda used to demonise any enemies, it's intended to portray the other side as being subhuman and crazy.
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MrMadManiac Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist
Such pain.
Such death.
I don't believe this was ever mentioned in the show, and I don't expect it to ever be.
I find it so implausible that fans ship Japan and the U.S. in spite of this. *mood killed*
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sans-coeur97 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Rape of Nanking... //shot//

I'm kinda glad Truman decided to do this... It would have been worse if it was a land invasion... I don't know... I hate war though
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LightingAshley25 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic art work i still believe we could have stop japan using a different way that didnt have to involve the atomic bombs...
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thegreatgermania Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
((this is amazing))
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vampyremisa Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist
we are sorry japan........
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sealandmintbunny Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh this is so well drewn!
it made me think of barefoot gen, and hetalia. (but that is because is is japan you drew.)
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godofwarlover Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
"Now I Am Become Deaath, Destroyer Of Worlds."
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kwajchick Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Oh my, this picture gave me so many feels. ;w;

I need to find more historical pictures like this! This is the true aspect of why I got into Hetalia!

You can seriously take out all of the yaoi, and I'd still be obsessed~ ewe
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SereneDash Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this <3 that awkward moment when your birthday is August 6th...
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StarlitXCrystal Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
True dat. (My cousin's b'day is and she freaked out the first time she learned this in History. I was like, "Damn. Such bad luck ya' got there, cuz'.")
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SereneDash Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My mom makes jokes on my bday every year and calls me Enola (like that plane used to drop the bomb).
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StarlitXCrystal Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*mentalfaceplam*
XD
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5Qui99L3 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is normally not like me, but this picture is so intense, it actually brought tears to my eyes. Great work, conveys the mood perfectly. The cruelty, the despair... Very well done.
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APHAlfredFJones Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
((aww poor japan ;( ))
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odHINAbo Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
bellissimo...
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