How did the atomic bomb end World War 2?
Japan was prepared to fight to the last man, woman and child.
Only something utterly dramatic would have detered them. The last
battle, Okinawa (sp) resulted in the highest casualties to the US
Navy in all battles up to that time. The USN had 30 ships sunk! It
had 300 ships put out of commission for 30 days or more at that
battle. This was out of about 1400 ships in the invasion force.
Worse, at the end of October 1945 one of the worst typhoons hit
Japan and the surrounding areas. It did extensive damage to our
facilities that had prepared fot the invasion of Japan on Okinawa.
Had be been prepared for the invasions, we would have suffered a
major defeat and losses from this storm. The invasion of the 1st
island of Japan scheduled for the 1st of November would have had to
have been postponed. The "devine wind" would have saved them again
from invasion and only emboldened them to fight on. On the night of
March 9-10 1945, 485 B29's burned out 16 square miles of Tokyo and
killed about 100,000 people. There is a book called "Flames over
Tokyo" that describes the situation on the ground for the
inhabitants of Tokyo... They did the math: 485 to destroy Tokyo, 1
each to destroy Hiroshima amd Nagaski. The Japanese knew that we
had about 2,000 B29s in the Marianas.
It forced the Japanese to surrender without the invasion of the mainland
at the end of the world war (WW2) the atomic bomb was used on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. After WW2 the atomic bomb was further developed and "was used as a silent threat against USSR" until 1949 when they had their own atomic bomb. From that year there was an arms race which played a major part in the Cold War