The Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

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The Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

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.


Foreword


Introduction


The Manhattan Project Investigating Group


Propaganda


Summary of Damages and Injuries


Main Conclusions


The Selection of the Target


Description of the Cities Before the Bombings


Hiroshima


Nagasaki


The Attacks


Hiroshima


Nagasaki


General Comparison of Hiroshima and Nagasaki


General Description of Damage Caused by the Atomic Explosions


Total Casualties


The Nature of an Atomic Explosion


Characteristics of the Damage Caused by the Atomic Bombs


Calculations of the Peak Pressure of the Blast Wave


Long Range Blast Damage


Ground Shock


Shielding, or Screening, from the Blast


Flash Burn


Characteristics of Injuries to Persons


Burns


Mechanical Injuries


Blast Injuries


Radiation Injuries


Shielding from Radiation


Effects of the Atomic Bombings on the


Inhabitants of the Cities


Appendix: Father Siemes' eyewitness account

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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.


Foreword


Introduction


The Manhattan Project Investigating Group


Propaganda


Summary of Damages and Injuries


Main Conclusions


The Selection of the Target


Description of the Cities Before the Bombings


Hiroshima


Nagasaki


The Attacks


Hiroshima


Nagasaki


General Comparison of Hiroshima and Nagasaki


General Description of Damage Caused by the Atomic Explosions


Total Casualties


The Nature of an Atomic Explosion


Characteristics of the Damage Caused by the Atomic Bombs


Calculations of the Peak Pressure of the Blast Wave


Long Range Blast Damage


Ground Shock


Shielding, or Screening, from the Blast


Flash Burn


Characteristics of Injuries to Persons


Burns


Mechanical Injuries


Blast Injuries


Radiation Injuries


Shielding from Radiation


Effects of the Atomic Bombings on the


Inhabitants of the Cities


Appendix: Father Siemes' eyewitness account

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