Americans, and most people in the contemporary Western world, receive a version of history that is, without a doubt, Americanized. This sanitized and whitewashed view of the past often brushes over the tragedies at Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the fallout of history’s first, and to date only, use of atomic arms on a populace. The dreadful aftermath that the US Air Force left Japan to contend with is still somewhat celebrated in America as the event that brought an end to World War II. But much of the rest of the world considers it to be an atrocity.
The bombings occurred on August 6 and 9, 1945, as the US dropped the "Little Boy" and the "Fat Man" on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, respectively. The Japanese, who until that point refused to concede defeat, immediately surrendered. Horror stories from survivors now available to the public have shed light on why they surrendered so quickly. The effects of the strikes still impact the present psychology of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Wristwatches Stopped And Became Brands
During the cleanup efforts in Hiroshima, a massive amount of watches and clocks were discovered, frozen in time at exactly 8:15 to mark the time of detonation. The collection became symbolic of the unprecedented tragedy.
Wristwatches, however, were a major part of the horrors of the a strike for a different, more direct reason. Anyone near the epicenter of the blast caught wearing a wristwatch found their timepieces transformed into instant branding devices, as the watches were rapidly heated to such a degree that they burned images of themselves onto their wearers’ wrists.
Dried Human Remains Littered The Streets
In the aftermath of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, “dried husks” of human beings were found in various locations near the epicenter of the strike. These unfortunate individuals were caught in the extreme heat of the blasts and boiled from the inside out.
The heat was so intense that the victims’ blood boiled away, leaving them as little more than empty husks. They would crumble into ash whenever they were touched.
People Were Perforated By Flying Debris
Not all of the immediate losses during Hiroshima and Nagasaki were a direct result of the blasts themselves. The pressure wave sent out by the strike sent the bones of the cities flying through the air at dangerous speeds, which resulted in a catastrophic amount of damage to the cities' people and their property.
Even miles away from the blasts’ epicenters, victims were found perforated by flying objects hurtling through the air. Some of the bodies were completely destroyed. Even the smallest object, when propelled by a nuclear force, can be fatal.
Some Were Blinded Instantly, While Others Took Years To Lose Their Sight
The intense flash of a nuclear strike can cause eye damage for anyone looking in that direction at the time of detonation. Indeed, the blasts at Hiroshima and Nagasaki resulted in countless individuals losing their eyesight instantly, forever blinding them in a single moment.
However, not all instances of eye damage were evident immediately. Several victims found themselves rapidly developing cataracts a few years later, going blind well after they witnessed the horrific event.