The Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

by The Manhattan Engineer District, June 29, 1946

This report describes the effects of the atomic bombs which were dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945, respectively. It summarizes all the authentic information that is available on damage to structures, injuries to personnel, morale effect, etc., which can be released at this time without prejudicing the security of the United States.

This report has been compiled by the Manhattan Engineer District of the United States Army under the direction of Major General Leslie R. Groves.

I think it was necessary to drop one, but the second one could have easily been avoided. I think Japan would have capitulated anyway.

-Hans Bethe, physicist

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