A report on the atomic bomb

Thus, we cannot hope to avoid a nuclear armament race, either by keeping secret from the competing nations the basic scientific facts of nuclear power, or by cornering the raw materials required for such a race.

Smyth Report

We could not afford the chance that one of them might be a dud. Atomic bomb records mostly exist in the form of before and after photographs, first person accounts from both sides, and atomic bomb records taken by the two military planes that escorted the Enola Gay, which were equipped with cameras and measuring equipment.

No requests for additional information should be made to private persons or organizations associated directly or indirectly with the project. We felt, however, that the dilemma had to be stated, to show what kind of alternative methods of protection will have to be considered if no successful international agreement is reached.

Cancel any time, no strings attached. Later, it would be reported that 70, people died that day, with another 70, people dying within 5 years from radiation poisoning.

The Franck Report, June 11, 1945

Stimson was sufficiently concerned about high American estimates of probable casualties to commission his own study by Quincy Wright and William Shockley. Purnell of the Military Policy Committee, [71] who were on hand to decide higher policy matters on the spot. German scientists, in whose discoveries the whole development of this field has originated, apparently did not develop it during the war to the same extent to which this has been done in America; but to the last day of the European war, we have been living in constant apprehension as to their possible achievements.

To carry military and civilian scientific personnel from the War Department to observe and record the effects of the explosion of the bomb, additional aircraft will accompany the airplane carrying the bomb.

Preamble The only reason to treat nuclear power differently from all the other developments in the field of physics is its staggering possibilities as a means of political pressure in peace and sudden destruction in war. Each submitted a written report, which was returned with the courier and the manuscript.

Further instructions will be issued concerning targets other than those listed above. But the fact is that all those who had the greatest knowledge of the subject were nearly unanimous in approving its publication as it was finally written.

The original title of the report, before it was published in book form, was Nuclear Bombs: Set to begin in OctoberOlympic involved a series of landings by the U. The vital importance of such a control for our country is obvious from the fact that the only effective alternative method of protecting this country, of which we are aware, would be a dispersal of our major cities and essential industries.

The answer to this question was given above - the compelling reason for creating this weapon with such speed was our fear that Germany had the technical skill necessary to develop such a weapon without any moral constraints regarding its use. The scientific facts on which their construction is based are well known to scientists of other countries.

Atomic bomb records also include information on why Hiroshima was chosen out of several other possible Japanese targets. Therefore, only lack of mutual trust, and not lack of desire for agreement, can stand in the path of an efficient agreement for the prevention of nuclear warfare.

If we consider international agreement on total prevention of nuclear warfare as the paramount objective, and believe that it can be achieved, this kind of introduction of atomic weapons to the world may easily destroy all our chances of success.

One thing is clear: Eyewitnesses said that the city was clearly visible until the explosion, which clouded the city with smoke and fire. Obviously, no time should be lost in inaugurating a study of this problem by experts.

Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

The answer is that all that these advantages can give us, is the accumulation of a larger number of bigger and better atomic bombs - and this only if we produce those bombs at the maximum of our capacity in peace time, and do not rely on conversion of a peace time nucleonics industry to military production after the beginning of hostilities.

Navy Captain William S. Nevertheless, it is not at all certain that the American public opinion, if it could be enlightened as to the effect of atomic explosives, would support the first introduction by our own country of such an indiscriminate method of wholesale destruction of civilian life.Atomic Bomb Records & Newspapers.

The first atomic bomb was dropped by the U.S. on Hiroshima, Japan, on August 6, The Franck Report was the product of intense meetings in early June, at the Manhattan Project “Metallurgical Laboratory” at the University of Chicago.

The report itself was drafted by Eugene Rabinowitch, who later wrote that, “the emphasis on the use (or rather, non-use) of the bomb in Japan, which has given the report its main.

Aug 06,  · Citing the atomic bombs, he said, "We think that there were war crimes more serious than any committed by Japan." If there is a "victim consciousness," its shrine is the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. THE ATOMIC BOMBING OF HIROSHIMA (Hiroshima, Japan, August 6, ) Events > Dawn of the Atomic Era, The War Enters Its Final Phase, ; Debate Over How to Use the Bomb, Late Spring The Smyth Report is the common name of an administrative history written by American physicist Henry DeWolf Smyth about the Manhattan Project, the Allied effort to develop atomic bombs during World War II.

Washington, Aug. 6 -- The White House and War Department announced today that an atomic bomb, possessing more power than 20, tons of TNT, a destructive force equal to the load of 2, B's and more than 2, times the blast power of what previously was the world's most devastating bomb, had been dropped on Japan.

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