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Declassified Photos Of US Soldiers Preparing For Atomic Bombings Of Japan (16 pics + video)

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Recently declassified photos show the US’s final preparations of "Fat Man" and “Little Boy” which were the two bombs that were dropped cities of Nagasaki and Hiroshima in 1945.

Soldiers check the casings on the "Fat Man" atomic bomb. Multiple test bombs were created on Tinian Island. All were roughly identical to an operational bomb, even though they lacked the necessary equipment to detonate.

1 Declassified Photos Of US Soldiers Preparing For Atomic Bombings Of Japan (16 pics + video)

On the left, geophysicist and Manhattan Project participant Francis Birch marks the bomb unit that would become "Little Boy" while Norman Ramsey, who would later win the Nobel Prize in Physics, looks on.


2 Declassified Photos Of US Soldiers Preparing For Atomic Bombings Of Japan (16 pics + video)

A technician applies sealant and putty to the crevices of "Fat Man," a final preparation to make sure the environment inside the bomb would be stable enough to create a full impact once it detonated.


3 Declassified Photos Of US Soldiers Preparing For Atomic Bombings Of Japan (16 pics + video)

Soldiers and workers sign their names and other messages on the nose of "Fat Man."


4 Declassified Photos Of US Soldiers Preparing For Atomic Bombings Of Japan (16 pics + video)

Here's a closer look.


5 Declassified Photos Of US Soldiers Preparing For Atomic Bombings Of Japan (16 pics + video)

"Fat Man" is loaded onto a transport trailer and given a final once-over.



6 Declassified Photos Of US Soldiers Preparing For Atomic Bombings Of Japan (16 pics + video)

The bomb is then escorted to the nearby North Field airbase on Tinian, shrouded in tarp.


7 Declassified Photos Of US Soldiers Preparing For Atomic Bombings Of Japan (16 pics + video)

At the airfield, "Fat Man" is lined up over a pit specifically constructed for it, from which it is then loaded into the plane that eventually dropped it over Nagasaki.


8 Declassified Photos Of US Soldiers Preparing For Atomic Bombings Of Japan (16 pics + video)

Both pits for "Little Boy" and "Fat Man," each roughly 8 feet by 12 feet, still exist today on the island and now serve as a memorial of sorts.


9 Declassified Photos Of US Soldiers Preparing For Atomic Bombings Of Japan (16 pics + video)

The bomb and its trailer are lowered down into the pit using a hydraulic lift.


10 Declassified Photos Of US Soldiers Preparing For Atomic Bombings Of Japan (16 pics + video)

Workers check "Little Boy" one last time, keeping the tarp on for security reasons, following a similar lowering procedure like the one done for "Fat Man" three days later.


11 Declassified Photos Of US Soldiers Preparing For Atomic Bombings Of Japan (16 pics + video)

Once "Little Boy" is ready, the Enola Gay, a Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber, is reversed and positioned over the trench.


12 Declassified Photos Of US Soldiers Preparing For Atomic Bombings Of Japan (16 pics + video)

The tarp is removed and the bomb is readied for loading.


13 Declassified Photos Of US Soldiers Preparing For Atomic Bombings Of Japan (16 pics + video)

Using the hydraulic lift, "Little Boy" is carefully raised and loaded into the belly of the Enola Gay.


14 Declassified Photos Of US Soldiers Preparing For Atomic Bombings Of Japan (16 pics + video)

Once inside the plane, the bomb is secured and all connections and equipment are checked again.


15 Declassified Photos Of US Soldiers Preparing For Atomic Bombings Of Japan (16 pics + video)

From there, both "Little Boy" and "Fat Man" were flown over Hiroshima and Nagasaki, respectively, and detonated. World War II ended shortly afterwards.


16 Declassified Photos Of US Soldiers Preparing For Atomic Bombings Of Japan (16 pics + video)

Left: Atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Right: Atomic bombing of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945, taken by Charles LevyAP




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№1 Author: Bobby (11 Aug 2016 12:56) Total user comments: 1475


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Killing millions by executing orders I can understand that causes no remorse.
But writting messages like "here's to you" and seeing the destruction they caused afterwards, should lead any human being to depression and suicide.
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№2 Author: styopa (11 Aug 2016 17:48) Total user comments: 1258


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Quote: Bobby
Killing millions by executing orders I can understand that causes no remorse.
But writting messages like "here's to you" and seeing the destruction they caused afterwards, should lead any human being to depression and suicide.


^someone seems to have forgotten the fact that they were in a WAR, that these young men all knew that pretty much any day they could die. If these bombs didn't work, the estimated casualties for invading Japan were going to be well over a million.

I think that tends to insulate one psychologically against giving the faintest sh*t about their enemy as a human.
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№3 Author: Bobby (12 Aug 2016 09:40) Total user comments: 1475


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Quote: styopa
Quote: Bobby
Killing millions by executing orders I can understand that causes no remorse.
But writting messages like "here's to you" and seeing the destruction they caused afterwards, should lead any human being to depression and suicide.


^someone seems to have forgotten the fact that they were in a WAR, that these young men all knew that pretty much any day they could die. If these bombs didn't work, the estimated casualties for invading Japan were going to be well over a million.

I think that tends to insulate one psychologically against giving the faintest sh*t about their enemy as a human.

Being in a war and having to kill people is one thing, but being happy that you drop a bomb that kills millions is a totally different thing.
The japs they killed were citizens, made of children and women mainly and their men were fighting not because they enjoyed killing, but because they were sent to war.
Unlike the americans, that volunteered to go to that war.
When you kill civillians you shouldn't act like you do it for pleasure, because it makes you nothing better than the terrorists.
Actually, the americans acted like that also in Corea, 'Nam or Serbia, when they bombed busses full of children or villages, so I guess it is something normal for them.
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№4 Author: loveandhate (12 Aug 2016 18:36) Total user comments: 1571


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nothing justifies choosing the most crowded places in the city and bombing it with atomic bombs,,,it's coward and horrible act , instead of killing the the japanese army , they go killing civilians intentionally and it's called war crimes ... USA is manipulating the media to smooth this horrible act
while they annoy us with 11/9 every year
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№5 Author: jetserf (15 Aug 2016 01:42) Total user comments: 53


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Quote: loveandhate
nothing justifies choosing the most crowded places in the city and bombing it with atomic bombs,,,it's coward and horrible act , instead of killing the the japanese army , they go killing civilians intentionally and it's called war crimes ... USA is manipulating the media to smooth this horrible act
while they annoy us with 11/9 every year


"By the end of the war, most of Japan's major cities had been destroyed by U.S. air attacks. Hiroshima was still intact. The reasons Hiroshima was chosen as the target for the A-bombing are assumed to be the following. The size and the shape of the city was suited to the destructive power of the A-bombs. Because Hiroshima had not been bombed, ascertaining the effects of the A-bomb would be relatively easy. Hiroshima had a high concentration of troops, military facilities and military factories that had not yet been subject to significant damage."

- http://www.hiroshima-spirit.jp/en/museum/morgue_e12.html

If you really want to talk about cowardly acts look up the Nanking massacre or the Japanese response to the Doolittle Raid (They brutally murdered 250,000 Chinese citizens that they "thought" had helped the US)
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№6 Author: bigdaddyjfk15 (15 Aug 2016 18:01) Total user comments: 997


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Back when America knew how to kick ass!!!!! 04 04
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