If negotiation could have ended the war sooner, there would have been no temptation to drop the atomic bomb the war could have ended before the soviets could declare war and invade japanese occupied manchuria and korea today, there might be only one korea whether one agrees or not with this. Just before the meeting adjourned, mccloy raised the possibility of avoiding an invasion by warning the japanese that the united states would employ atomic weapons if there were no surrender the ensuing discussion was inconclusive because the first test was a month away and no one could be sure the weapons. In may 1945, the allies defeated germany, two months before the atomic bomb was complete war with japan continued, however, and in august 1945 it seemed that an invasion of japan itself might be necessary to force the japanese to surrender military advisers to president harry s truman warned that such a ground. By the summer of 1945, world war ii had raged across several continents for six years, beginning when german forces invaded poland in 1939 to a world grown weary of death and destruction, the surrender of nazi germany on may 8, 1945, was welcome news japan, however, vowed to fight to the very. Still, the us was caught in a bind it couldn't afford the potential costs of invading , and it also couldn't accept anything less than total capitulation, which the japanese weren't willing to offer it was this strategic situation that led to the use of atomic bombs the atomic project was driven by german scientists.
It's worth noting explicitly that this is a very different question to the “what if we hadn't dropped the bomb at all” question, which is more common and has some pretty well-worn narrative ruts (deaths of bomb vs invasion, whether demonstration would have worked, the importance of the soviets invading. Would have been lost in an invasion of japan's home islands—a staggering number of americans but millions more of japanese— and you thank god for the atomic bomb thank god for the atom bomb from this, “one recoils” says the reviewer one does, doesn't one and not just a staggering number of americans would. New studies of the us, japanese and soviet diplomatic archives suggest that truman's main motive was to limit soviet expansion in asia, kuznick claims japan surrendered because the soviet union began an invasion a few days after the hiroshima bombing, not because of the atomic bombs themselves,.
Those who argue in favor of the decision to drop the atomic bombs on enemy targets believe massive casualties on both sides would have occurred in operation downfall, the planned allied invasion of japan the bulk of the force invading japan would be american although the british commonwealth would contribute. But, as truman also observed after the war, if he had not used the atomic bomb when it was ready and gis had died on the invasion beaches, he would have faced the righteous wrath of the american people 3 the only alternative to the bomb was an invasion of japan the decision to use nuclear. I have learned that you shouldn't expect logic from the anti-nuclear bomb crowd i would bet that if harry truman had refrained from using the atomic bomb and a couple of hundred thousand american troops had ended up as casualties in the invasions of kyushu and honshu, these same people would today be excoriating. President barack obama's forthcoming visit to japan has revived interest in the debate over the decision to drop the atomic bomb on hiroshima was the even if the atomic bombs had not been dropped, even if russia had not entered the war, and even if no invasion had been planned or contemplated.
The decision to use the atomic bomb: less than two weeks after being sworn in as president, harry s truman received a long report from secretary of war henry l in february 1945, about a month after he was sworn in as vice president, american troops invaded the small island of iwo jima, located 760 miles (1,220 km). The traditionalist conception is that the atomic bombs were crucial to forcing japan to accept surrender, and that the bombings prevented a planned invasion of japan that might have cost more lives emperor hirohito's citation of the “new and most cruel bomb” in his speech announcing surrender bolsters. If use of the atomic bomb made victory possible without an invasion, then accepting soviet help would only invite them into the discussions regarding the postwar fate of japan during the second week of allied deliberations at potsdam , on the evening of july 24, 1945, truman approached stalin without an interpreter and,.
This is undoubtedly true if one accepts the arguments of us leaders at the time namely, that not using the atomic bomb would have forced the us to launch a full invasion of japan's home islands, and this would have killed far more people than hiroshima and nagasaki it's impossible to know how many. The atomic bombing of nagasaki japan's major cities had been fire-bombed almost nightly the islands were blockaded and the japanese navy had been destroyed planning for a massive invasion by allied forces was underway. In mid-july, president harry s truman was notified of the successful test of the atomic bomb, what he called “the most terrible bomb in the history of the world president truman had four options: 1) continue conventional bombing of japanese cities 2) invade japan 3) demonstrate the bomb on an unpopulated island or. That is, are the only two possible historical options available a bloody invasion of the japanese home islands, or the dropping of two nuclear weapons on mostly- civilian cities within three days of one another, on the specific days that they were dropped well, not exactly we cannot replay the past as if it were a computer.
I had read gar alperovitz's book [atomic diplomacy: hiroshima and potsdam] as an undergraduate, and found that fascinating because it took issue with the myth which had prevailed throughout the '50s and '60s that truman had to use the bomb because the only alternative was an invasion of japan that.
More so than most people realize though the us only had two atomic bombs in early august 1945, they had set up a pipeline to produce many more, and by the end of the month would have at least one more bomb ready to use, and three or four more in september the invasion of the japanese mainland. Code-name downfall the secret plan to invade japan -- and why truman dropped the bomb by thomas b allen and norman polmar illustrated 352 pp new york: simon & schuster $25 for 20 years after harry truman ordered the atomic bomb dropped on japan in august 1945, most american. About a week after v-j day, i was one of a small group of scientists and engineers interrogating an intelligent, well-informed japanese army officer in yokohama we asked him what, in his opinion, would have been the next major move if the war had continued he replied: you would probably have tried to invade our. Iwo jima and okinawa demonstrate the likely heavy cost in american lives of invading japan the american experience in capturing the japanese islands of iwo jima and okinawa also played an important part in the decision to use the atomic bomb, if necessary, rather than undertake the fearsome cost of an amphibious.