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Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima

70th Anniversary

Photographer: Kimimasa Mayama

 

After Germany's surrender ending World War II in Europe, the 6th of August 1945 should become a crucial date for mankind and warfare would never be the same again. US troops dropped the first atomic bomb codenamed 'Little Boy' on Hiroshima, Japan.

 

The bomb would immediately kill some 80,000 people - a death toll that should rise to 140,000 by the end of 1945. A week later, Japan's emperor Hirohito announced the country's unconditional surrender, which led to the end of World War II also in the Pacific. But the drop of Little Boy on Hiroshima had sung in the age of fear of nuclear overkill.

 

On 06 August 2015, survivors of the Hiroshima atomic bombing and the world will observe the 70th anniversary of the first ever atomic bombing of a city.