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the atomic age

The Atomic Age

Japan 1945

“When the bombs dropped and news began to circulate that the invasion of Japan would not take place, that we would not be obliged to run up the beaches near Tokyo, assault-firing while being mortared and shelled, for all the fake manliness of our facades, we cried with relief and joy. We were going to live. We were going to grow up to adulthood after all.”
  • 21 year old platoon rifleman
Dear Father:  As death approaches, my only regret is that I have never been able to do anything good for you in my life.     I was selected quite unexpectedly to be a special attack pilot and will be leaving for Okinawa today. Once the order was given for my one-way mission it became my most sincere wish to achieve success in fulfilling this sacred duty.
  • Kamikaze pilot writing before departure for Okinawa 1944
  • J. Robert Oppenheimer head scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, taken from the Bhagvad Gita of Hindu (Vedic) traditions
“Such an invasion (one of Japan) could cost upwards of a million American Lives”
  • Secretary of State James Byrnes
“The enemy (Japan) was in a military sense a hopeless strategic position by the time the Postdam demand for unconditional surrender was made on 7/26”
  • New York Times Military Analyst Harold Baldwin, August 1945
Invasion of Okinawa (350 miles from Japan) statistics: 48,000 dead
  • Invasion of Iwo Jima (500 miles from Japan) statistics: 6 weeks and 29,000 dead
Based on a detailed investigation of all the facts and supported by the testimony of the surviving Japanese leaders involved, it is the Survey’s opinion that certainly prior to 31, December 1945, and in all probability prior to 1 November 1945, Japan would have surrendered even if the Atomic Bombs had not been dropped, even in Russia had not entered the war and even if no invasion had been planned or contemplated.”
  • United States Bombing Survey findings, 1946
“An invasion of Japan would be Okinawa up and down the island”
  • Harry S. Truman 1944 (referring to devastating battle of Okinawa)
“The Japanese Empire surrender immediately or face "prompt and utter destruction.“
    • On July 26, 1945, the three largest Allied powers at war in the Pacific, the United States, Britain, and China, issued the Potsdam Declaration“
  • Unconditional Surrender is the only obstacle to peace”
    • Shigenori Tojo: July, 1945