The Government didn't care then. Do they care now?

#3
"What does a nuclear bomb explosion feel like?"
Er, apparently it's hot, then windy, then baldy, then fall aparty, then deady. Have it laminated as an aide memoire if you want.
 
#4
I don't think that too many that were close to one lasted long enough to have their thoughts on the matter recorded.
 

Joshua Slocum

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#5
And the rest have died after suffering a variety of illnesses
although a relative is still alive after witnessing it, but he is an Ilford F.C supporter so hardened to pain and suffering
 
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And the rest have died after suffering a variety of illnesses
although a relative is still alive after witnessing it, but he us an Ilford F.C supporter so hardened to pain and suffering
Ilford. A post-apocalyptic wasteland, but with an Argos and fried chicken shops. Plenty of mutated survivors wandering about too.
 
#8
Actually the Govt. cared a great deal
That's why they did all the testing. After all It's no good having a deterrent if it doesn't work!
 

Goatman

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#9
I don't think that too many that were close to one lasted long enough to have their thoughts on the matter recorded.


Hibakusha - Wikipedia

The pattern on her skin is from the kimono she was wearing when the flash hit her.....light colours reflected some,dark didn't.

I visited both Japanese bomb sites in 1987, Hiroshima with a mate and then hosted by the JMSDF in Nagasaki.

Most of the people on this board grew up with the threat of this sh1t hanging over them.
 

Joshua Slocum

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#10
I have some Japanese prints from Hiroshima, the metallic burn marks are still evident
not taking a geiger counter up in the attic recently though
 
#11
The picture of the Japanese lady with burns caused by the detonation of an atomic bomb, tugs at the heart of everyone. But a soldier might say, that's what happens in war. A war can't be conducted on the basis of emotional feelings. Otherwise no war would ever start.

Perhaps it's worth mentioning, that the government of our United Kingdom has a fleet of 4 ballistic-missile firing submarines. One of these submarines is on constant patrol at sea, ready to to fire its 16 missiles. Each missile has up to three nuclear warheads, with a yield of 100 kilotons. That's a warhead with about 8 times the explosive power of the bomb that burned the Japanese lady.

Thus our government seems prepared to incinerate not just one lady, but hundreds of thousands of them, or millions, without pity, as a matter of national policy.

Why? Well, that's war. Wasn't Stalin supposed to have remarked: one death is a tragedy, ten thousand is a statistic.

Don't you think that there's some kind of human disconnect between anguishing over one death, while celebrating battles and wars that cause millions of deaths? Or so it seems to me.
 
#13
Aunt Eden was an Army Nurse one of the first into the atomic bomb zones. She brought me a toy parachutist but didn't speak of her experience.
Lived to 90, out lived three cancer specialists.

CFB.
 
#14
The picture of the Japanese lady with burns caused by the detonation of an atomic bomb, tugs at the heart of everyone. But a soldier might say, that's what happens in war. A war can't be conducted on the basis of emotional feelings. Otherwise no war would ever start.
Would that be so bad?
 
#15
Short answer: No

Long answer: No they don't.
 

Goatman

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#16
I've told the story before here on Arrse so my apologies to those who are bored spitless. < swings the lamp>

The bomb museum in Hiroshima is pretty central to anyone's visit. There's a Visitor's Book in which people can record their impressions.


As you can imagine it's full of heartfelt if rather hackneyed remarks such as:

' Must never be allowed to happen again '
' Truly shocking'
'Man's inhumanity to man knows no bounds' etc etc

The one that got me though was from a Korean visitor - in blue biro, capital letters it just said:



' JAPAN YOU HAD IT COMING '

As others have observed, the modern Japanese have been taught ( and seem to believe) that they were the victims of the Pacific War, because of the two atomic weapons used against them.

Try telling that to the seventeen million Chinese killed by the Imperial Japanese Army between 1931 and Hiroshima.

For what they did to the
civilian population of Nanking alone they deserved every ounce of what they got.
 
#17
Aunt Eden was an Army Nurse one of the first into the atomic bomb zones. She brought me a toy parachutist but didn't speak of her experience.
Lived to 90, out lived three cancer specialists.

CFB.
Interesting quote from research on the prevalence of cancer among test veterans; (my bold)
Quote:

In response to the health concerns of some nuclear test veterans in the 1980s, the MoD commissioned an epidemiological study into mortality and cancer incidence among nuclear test participants.

This was conducted by the independent National Radiological Protection Board, now part of Public Health England.

Three analyses were carried out, and the latest report, published in 2003, concluded that overall levels of mortality and cancer incidence in nuclear test veterans have continued to be similar to those in a matched service control group and lower than in the general population.

Unquote
 
#18
The beauty of these weapons is indescribable. The awesome power when unleashed has forced sucessive governments around the world to sit and talk rather than just launch air raids. Things may change when Iran gets its hands on one but we may still live in hope that Israel will Annihilate them before that happens.
 
#20
I've told the story before here on Arrse so my apologies to those who are bored spitless. < swings the lamp>

The bomb museum in Hiroshima is pretty central to anyone's visit. There's a Visitor's Book in which people can record their impressions.

As you can imagine it's full of heartfelt if rather hackneyed remarks such as:

' Must never be allowed to happen again '
' Truly shocking'
'Man's inhumanity to man knows no bounds' etc etc

The one that got me though was from a Korean visitor - in blue biro, capital letters it just said:


' JAPAN YOU HAD IT COMING '

As others have observed, the modern Japanese have been taught ( and seem to believe) that they were the victims of the Pacific War, because of the two atomic weapons used against them.

Try telling that to the seventeen million Chinese killed by the Imperial Japanese Army between 1931 and Hiroshima.

For what they did to the civilian population of Nanking alone they deserved every ounce of what they got.
given how the battle for Okinawa played out i've often thought the Japanese should get down on their knees and thank the yanks for nuking them
 

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