Trinity Project Research Paper

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When you think of the devastation and sheer destructive magnitude of a nuclear weapon one might think of Japan and the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The images of the desolation left after the vicious explosion were horrendous. One might say how did this all begin? What were the events that led up to such a ferocious act? Well before that day the father of “Fat Man” and “Little Boy” (the two atomic bombs detonated at Hiroshima and Nagasaki) was the “Gadget”, which was birthed from the first nuclear weapon detonation The Trinity Project. This paper will discuss the accounts of the initial nuclear testing that birthed the subsequent nuclear weapon, the magnitude of the explosion, the politics that went into the decision to support this project,…show more content…
Truman had an incredibly difficult decision to make. Now that he had this weapon of mass destruction, should he use it on our enemies? (Miscamble, 2009). According to the website U.S. History, the American people as well as the military had grown weary of years at war, the Japanese refused to surrender or agree to any of the United States terms and although America had the upper hand securing Okinawa and Iwo Jima the Japanese still had over 2 million Soldiers ready to die for their cause. A demand of total surrender was requested of Japan or else total destruction would take place. The Japanese refused. On August 6, 1945, a plane called the Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima. 70,000 Japanese citizens were vaporized. The follow-on effects of radiation poisoning caused an additional 100,000 Japanese to perish from burns and radiation sickness. Two days later a second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, where 80,000 Japanese people perished. On August 14, 1945, the Japanese surrendered. These two acts made possible by the Trinity Project led to a new age of nuclear terror and a dangerous arms race for the…show more content…
The capability to obtain the knowledge and resources to create an Atom Bomb became highly sought after. After the devastation that took place in Japan, the entire world had its eyes on the United States of America. How did they create something so powerful and devastating? Ashes and shadows on the ground, walls and buildings were all that was left near ground zero of the attack on Japan. A new standard of weaponry had arisen. The Soviet Union, who was once considered in an alliance with the United States during the war, was one of the first to start their nuclear testing after the bombing of Japan. They became very successful as well as France, The United Kingdom and The Republic of China. The effect the Trinity Project had on the war was great but no one knew the even greater effect it would have on the world. Since then many nations have successfully developed their own nuclear weapons stockpile. The following is a list of countries with nuclear weapons capabilities: The United Kingdom, China, France, India, Pakistan, North Korea, Israel and the United States of America. Countries seeking to develop a nuclear weapons program are Syria and Iran. South Africa, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and the Ukraine have also attempted to develop a nuclear weapons

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