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comment Why is there less public attention on the firebombing of Japan compared to its atomic bombing?
One can speculate that firebombing was not new but the atomic bomb was a whole new ball game with implications far beyond Japan.
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comment What is the story of war that started with “if”?
The link (from Plutarch) can be found as reference #27 in the Laconic phrase Wikipedia article
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answered How far away could one be and still see the atom bomb explosions?
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comment What were the Japanese defenses for an allied invasion of Kyushu?
Often overlooked in discussion of the planned Japanese invasion is that the United States intended to drop atomic bombs (I believe 3 were considered) just before the invasion forces started their landing operations (see the Wikipedia article on Operation Downfall). This could easily have ended the war right then and there as Japanese soldiers were certainly not ready to defend against the atomic bomb.
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comment When did Emperor Hirohito gave an address about suicides and non-productive jobs?
It's my understanding that the first time the people of Japan heard their Emperor speaking was when Hirohito broadcast his decision to end the war in August, 1945.
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comment What was the role of the Soviet Navy during WWII?
According to this answer, the combined Russian fleets sank a total of 508+280+200 = 988 enemy warships. I don't believe Germany or her allies had this many warships. Can you elaborate on this claim?
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