What Helped Push Truman On The Atomic Bomb Essay

1198 Words Apr 17th, 2016 5 Pages
At 2:45 a.m. on Monday, August 6th, 1945 the Enola Gay lifted off the runway headed for Japan, their mission, cripple a nation through the use of an atomic warhead. President Truman, torn between moral conflict and the preservation of American lives was obligated to make the toughest decision of his life, drop the bombs and save American lives, or send them in. Since the cost and expected casualties from an invasion, Truman’s issues with accepting Soviet help during the Potsdam Conference, and the need to secure a quick surrender is what helped push Truman to his decision to use the atomic bombs. It was July 1945, and after what had been some of the toughest and bloodiest battles Americans had ever seen, the outcome of the war was still foggy. Opposing the American forces was a broken but proud Japanese Imperial Army. On account of their determination, the odds of surrender from the Japanese looked bleak. In the Pacific battles alone the United States had already taken nearly 370,000 casualties and the combined number of wounded and killed for everybody was near 36 million. 36 million at the time was almost 2% of the world’s population, all lost over the span of four years. Even with those stammering numbers the US had yet to win its toughest battle, main land Japan. Truman convened with his Joint Chiefs of Staff to discuss the predicted casualties from invading Kyushu, one of the only locations the US could conduct an amphibious landing. The estimated death toll from…

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