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Section of a US report on the atomic bombings, June 1946, looking at the Japanese surrender
(Catalogue ref: FO 371/59640)
FO 371/59640; US report on atomic bombings, 1946 FO 371/59640; US report on atomic bombings, 1946
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FO 371/59640; US report on atomic bombings, 1946

Questions

  1. How would you describe the viewpoint of this source?

  2. What new light does this source shed on the decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan?

  3. The date of this source is 1946. Do you think Truman could have known all this information in 1945 when he took his decision to drop the bomb?

  4. Other than getting the Japanese to surrender, can you think of any other reasons for the USA to use their atomic weapons?