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        The Atom Bomb | Ken Burns: The War

        See images of Nagasaki, Japan after the atomic bomb was used during World War II. As the war in Europe was drawing to a close, the fighting in the South Pacific continued. American troops would suffer heavy losses at the battle of Okinawa, and with a planned invasion of Japan in sight, casualties of 5-10 million were estimated. Japan’s leaders refused to surrender. President Truman ordered the use of the atomic bomb. On August 6th, Hiroshima was bombed. Japan still refused to surrender, and on August 9th, a second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. In Hiroshima, 40,000 men, women, and children were killed instantly, and 100,000 died from radiation not long after. Japan surrendered on August 15.

        USS Indianapolis | Ken Burns: The War

        USS Indianapolis at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard after her final overhaul, 12 July 1945. Maurice Bell served on this ship which delivered the atomic bomb to Tinian Island. She also saw action from Tarawa to Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Credit: U.S. Naval Historical Center (Photo No. 19-N86915).

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        The Atomic Bomb: Nagasaki | Ken Burns: The War

        The city of Nagasaki, Japan was leveled by an atomic bomb on August 9, 1945. Credit: The National Archives (342-FH-A 60593 AC).

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