Sunday, August 07, 2005

Top Secret Hiroshima documents released

In response to my Hiroshima post, Frode Weierud has send me a great mail about the National Security Archive. They posted a large amount of recently declassified documents to their website archive. This comprehensive collection about the use of the first atomic bomb contains Top Secret material about meetings, decisions about targets and intercepts of Japanese messages.

The documents should help readers to make up their own minds over such questions as whether the first use of atomic weapons was justified, whether it was necessary to get Japan's surrender, and whether President Truman had alternatives to the use of atomic weapons.

These documents show why and how Hiroshima and Nagasaki were selected as target, the issue of unconditional surrender, meetings with Japanese diplomats, the first nuclear tests and other details of the Manhattan Project, the opposition of using the bomb by the scientists, minutes of meetings on top level, translations of decoded Japanese diplomatic messages (MAGIC), reports from the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, damage reports and photographs, and much more. A very interesting document, describing the first ever test of a nuclear bomb, can be found here. This detailled report from inside the test bunker shows not only the technical aspects, but also the impressions and reactions of the those in the bunker.

If you want to have an opinion on the first use of nuclear bombs, read this first hand information. All the documents can be found on this link from the National Security Archive. Don't miss it!

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