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The atomic bomb survivor's skin was burned in a pattern corresponding to the dark portions of her kimono worn at the time of the explosion, Aug 1945

Caption   The atomic bomb survivor's skin was burned in a pattern corresponding to the dark portions of her kimono worn at the time of the explosion, Aug 1945 ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States National Archives
Identification Code   77-MDH-6.55b
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Photos on Same Day 30 Aug 1945
Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 21 Dec 2006

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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. don says:
19 Aug 2011 07:52:02 PM


I hope this sort of thing is never repeated but knowing humans, I'm not too optimistic.

Thank you for sharing these photos and for the work you put into your site.
2. Denn says:
7 Sep 2011 08:54:55 AM

Alas, General Sherman's dictum stands the test of time.
3. Dan says:
6 Feb 2014 01:23:56 PM

Yes this is bad.
But if they hadn't of dropped them who knows
what kind of super weapons Japan could of created
if they were not stopped.
Amen to that.
4. Anonymous says:
15 Oct 2019 10:34:08 AM

Call me a devil’s advocate but, Japan couldn’t make any super weapon. They were burning, starving, and strangled of steel, fuel, food, rubber, all that would be needed to make any weapon. They lacked aircraft able to take off, pilots to fly them, and enough air superiority to make anything meaningful of it.

It is disheartening we had to drop nuclear weapon on fellow humans, however, the reason was not because they would have super weapons but instead that they would rather have every Japanese person kill themselves than to live in defeat. We did it to save them from themselves.

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