poohbcarrot wrote:I've just been "walkabout" for a few days and thought I'd like to tell you the following tale;
Unfortunately, on August 9 1945, USAF Bock's Car flew to Japan. It's primary target was Kokuro. Usually in Japan in August the skies are blue and cloudless. As weather is part of God's remit, he must have been involved, because due to cloud cover, Bock's Car passed over Kokuro 3 times but was unable to locate the massive munitions factory there.
Bock's Car then flew south, and finally at 11:02 dropped "Fat Man" ...
Everything and everybody in a radius of 1 km was completely and utterly destroyed.
75,000 people died instantly and a further 75,000 died from injuries and illness caused by this Nagasaki bomb.
swreader wrote:The best estimate is 40,000 people died initially, with 60,000 more injured. By January 1946, the number of deaths probably approached 70,000, with perhaps ultimately twice that number dead total within five years. For those areas of Nagasaki affected by the explosion, the death rate was comparable to that at Hiroshima.
Catch-up wrote:Thanks Pooh, that was interesting! I had no idea that Christianity was the reason that Japan isolated itself. Actually, I thought it had always been that way, not just for a 250 year stretch. I don't know much about Japanese history. I did actually take Japanese language for two semesters in college, but I let it drop completely.
Actually, although I dislike Tom Cruise, I thought the movie was pretty good - although Billy Connelly (a Glaswegian) trying to do an Irish accent was odd in the extreme.Catch-up wrote:Thanks Tony I'll put that on my list. I just have to shake that horrible image of Tom Cruise as the Last Samurai. And I didn't even see the movie!
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