America’s Atomic Bomb

Towards the end of the Second World War, America had constructed the world’s first atomic bomb. Truman would use his not so secret weapon for two reasons:

  • To act as diplomatic leverage in the 1945 Potsdam conference against Stalin.
  • To end the war swiftly against Imperial Japan in the Pacific War.

At the conference, Truman informed Stalin that America had developed “a new weapon of unusual destructive force.” Although Russian secret intelligence had already discovered this news, the article here shows the responses from some of the officials of the time.

Another article I have found gives more depth on the development and impact of the atomic bomb that we have not covered in the course. It also gives some insight into the impact that nuclear weapons were to have throughout the Cold War.

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