The Atomic Bomb: Decision and Implementation

The panelists talked about the decision by President Truman and military leaders to use the atomic bomb on Japan at the end of World War II… read more

The panelists talked about the decision by President Truman and military leaders to use the atomic bomb on Japan at the end of World War II and the controversy over whether Japan would have surrendered without the dropping of the first two atomic bombs. They talked about the historical and current cultural controversies surrounding research into the decision to use nuclear weapons on Japan and the necessity of the device in ending the War in the Pacific. They also spoke more specifically about the projected numbers of deaths for an invasion of Japan, the role that the Soviet Union and China may have played in end-of-war scenarios, and the impressions of World War II veterans. Fred Bock, who flew the instrument plane on the Nagasaki mission on August 9, 1945, participated in the panel discussion. The plane that dropped the second bomb on Nagasaki was nicknamed Bock’s Car. Professor Carter moderated. close

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The Atomic Bomb: Decision and Implementation

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Program ID:
66946-1
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
Forum
Location:
Fredericksburg, Texas, United States
First Aired:
Sep 3, 1995
Last Aired:
Aug 16, 2009

Airing Details

  • Sep 03, 1995 | 1:01pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • May 03, 2009 | 1:52pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • May 03, 2009 | 7:51pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • May 04, 2009 | 1:51am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • May 04, 2009 | 7:51am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Aug 15, 2009 | 11:17am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Aug 15, 2009 | 5:17pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Aug 15, 2009 | 11:17pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Aug 16, 2009 | 5:17am EDT | C-SPAN 3
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