The massive fires set by the firebombs were responsible for a reported death toll ranging between 80,000 and 200,000. This was to be the highest death toll from a single strike in Japan. Six months later, the atomic bombs were not able to cause such massive loss of lives. The effectiveness of firebombing was thus ascertained once again. Firebombs were designed such that once they fell, they scattered flaming dew on the roofs of the Japanese houses. Upon contact, dew set fire to the wooden and paper roofs of the Japanese houses. Everything that came into contact with this dew was set on fire. Japanese infrastructure had been inadequate to deal with the outbreak of fires. As a result, the firebombs had a devastating effect given the meager defenses against fire that had been set up by the Japanese. Hand pumped water, use of sands and wet mats were the primary ways of dealing with fire. Given the heat attributed to the firebombs and intensity of the attack, the Japanese were left incapable of defending their land against the firebombs. The speeds of the fires were akin to the speeds of forest fires. Given the speeds of the fires that were as a result of the winds and the highly flammable materials present, people found themselves surrounded by fires. Read More
The atomic bombs caused significant destruction of the two cities in which the bombs had been dropped. The first casualty of atomic bombing was Hiroshima which as the first city where an atomic bomb was used in war. 70,000 to 80,000 people died as a result of using the atomic bomb in Hiroshima. Made out of uranium, this first bomb was nicknamed Little Boy. This nickname was not in reference to its size given that the bomb had weighed over four and a half tons. Little Boy, on august the 6th in 1945, was dropped on the city of Hiroshima. Aioi Bridge had been the primary target of the atomic bomb. Ground zero had been set at 1,980 feet. Enola Gay was the plane tasked with the duty of delivering this massive bomb to Hiroshima. At 0815 hours, the deadly atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Hiroshima.
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After the bombing of the city of Tokyo, the next target was Yokohama. In the approach to Yokohama, the bombers were accompanied by other planes whose role was to shoot down the enemy planes. A total of 26 Japanese planes were shot down during the attack on Yokohama. Despite the presence of these protector planes, five bombers were shot down and an additional 175 were damaged. In the wake of the attack, Yokohama had lost about 9 square miles. Despite the loss of bomber planes and the damage to other planes, the attack was still successful. The effectiveness of the Yokohama attack gave the allied forces much confidence in their use of firebombing. It is this confidence in the adopted strategies that resulted in the total destruction of yet another Japanese city. Read More
Despite the deviance from the trajectory, the bomb was still able to level about half of the city. According to reliable sources, the number of deaths that resulted from blast of the atomic bombing was about 25,000 people. The destruction radius was about a mile. This again was much shorter than the radius of the destruction that characterized the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima. The blast resulted in a fire destruction of about 2 miles. This again was much shorter that fire destruction that was witnessed in the Hiroshima blast. It has to be understood that the destructive force of an atomic bomb does not essentially stop with the initial explosion. Rather, the atomic bomb culminates in acidic rain. The radioactive particles that were left behind in the wake of the atomic explosion meant that the rain came into contact with radioactive particles thus making the rain to be acidic. Radiation poisoning is thus a real threat to the survivors of the explosion of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Read More
When it was decided that the use of firebombing would be the most approach, the first test of firebomb was decided to be on Tokyo. Reports had suggested that this city would have conditions sufficient for success of the firebombs. The successful use of incendiary raids was hinged on the existence of a mix of weather elements that were conducive for maximum destruction. These raids were highly successful when there was dry air that was complemented by significant winds. Reliable weather reports showed that these conditions would be present in Tokyo on the set date for the first firebombing attack. On 9th- 10th of March, 1945, the first firebombing raid was carried out on Tokyo. The attack lasted till dawn. In the wake of the attacks, there were massive deaths and destruction. Tokyo now became synonymous with death and devastation.
To enhance the accuracy of the bombers, it was decided that they be stripped of its machine gun ammunition. The bombers also started to fly at lower altitudes that had been characteristic of them during previous attacks. Additionally, the pathfinder planes were tasked with the duty of dropping napalm bombs in the desired locations. As such, given the X that had been created on the ground by the napalm bombs ensured that the bombers were able to identify where they were to set the firebombs. Read More
The fires that were caused by the firebombs were visible as far as 150 miles away. In a proof of the effectiveness of this first raid, 17 square miles of the city were lost. Given that the attack lasted for about three hours only, it was clear that firebombing was the best attacking approach that would destroy Japan. It has been reported that the fire caused by the firebombing operation was so intense that the rivers reached boiling point. The windy conditions amplified the effects of the firebombs given that they fuelled the growth of the fire throughout the wooden city of Tokyo.
The beginning of the 20th Century was thought of as a dawn within your foreign relations. Simply because putting your signature on of diplomacy and treaties activities described the earlier quite a few years, there might have been the presence of ad hoc international organizations which assured that forthcoming tips were found to be carried out by its body to curb matters like slavery within your world (Roebuck). It truly was prior to the creation of League of Nations around the world, which has been after associated with the United Nations, that an cataclysm interact with the 2 main Scene competitions was started. Intercontinental network remedied to endeavor to interact with each other in continue to keep intercontinental peace of mind, respecting individual protection under the law and making sure that scene-ample security measures is cared for. Read More
The atomic bomb over-passed the intended target by some 800 feet. At 0816, the atomic bomb hit the city and immediately resulted in the deaths of 70,000 to 80,000 people. 69,000 people were injured at the wake of the explosion. Such was the aftermath of the use of a 10-kiloton atomic bomb on Hiroshima. The diameter of the total destruction was about one mile. Damages attributed to the blast were evident even from about two miles in diameter. It was by far one of the most lethal bombs to be denoted during war anywhere on earth. The nature of the bomb was that everything that was flammable was ignited by the bomb. The areas that had not been directly impacted by the blast were characterized with serious blazes. These blazes stretched out to about three miles in diameter. All in all, the effects of the atomic bomb were felt for over three miles in diameter of the initial point of contact of the bomb. Little boy managed to result in massive and extensive destruction of the city of Hiroshima. Read More
Japanese cities were compact urban areas constructed of wood and paper making the effects of incendiary bombs more devastating. Japan provided the best environment for the success of the firebombs. Its structure and composition more than assured the success of the firebombing. Japan was comprised, to a large extent, of houses that were made primarily of wood and paper. Most of the cities were predominantly built using wood and paper. As can thus be expected, fire was a great weapon in the goal of causing massive destruction of the people. This characteristic made Japan’s cities to be among the most susceptible cities in world at the time. The incendiaries worked by lighting the wood and paper structures on fire. The fires spread rather rapidly given the ease of these materials in catching fire. Read More
The city of Toyama was city that experienced the largest per mile destruction of all the Japanese cities that had been attacked using the firebombing strategy. As a result of the effectiveness of the firebombing campaign, 99.5% of the city was lost. This more than ever sought to ascertain the potency of the attack by allied forces. The fires that had been set in the city were so intense to the extent that well visible some 12,000 feet above the ground. These fires were so bright that the aircraft flying over this city did not using the normal guiding systems. Cameras that were on board the bombers were shut off by the system. These cameras were usually triggered by flash units. Such was the extent of the fires that engulfed the city.
Most literatures on the World War II tend to focus on the destructive capacity of the atomic bombs. Devastating impacts of the two atomic bombs cannot be discounted in their role they had in compelling the Japanese to an unconditional surrender. Effects of the two atomic bombs are still evident in the contemporary Japan. As has been pointed out herein, the use of firebombing culminated in significant destruction of the cities of Japan. The country was set ablaze given its inadequate methods of handling the outbreak of fires and the presence of an environment conducive for the spread of fires. Firebombing led to massive loss of lands in the Japanese cities. The extent to which has been outlined herein. It now becomes essential to analyze the devastating impacts of the two nuclear bombs in their entirety. This is given the need to analyze which attack approach; either the atomic bombs or firebombing was the most devastating to Japan. Read More
From May to August 1945, there were about 58 cities that were firebombed by the allied forces. During the final phases of this war, Kobe was greatly firebombed. This resulted in the city recording the largest loss of life per square mile. Such severe destruction had not been witnessed in any other city in Japan. More than 8000 tons of dropped bombs were delivered by more than 1200 bombers in the skies of Kobe. Even cities such as Hiroshima and Tokyo had not received such massive bombing attacks. Such focus on this city culminated in the total destruction of a significant portion of the city. About four miles of the city was turned into ashes. Read More