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An interesting reel from my collection that reflects a moment in time, in 1964 looking back at the decisions made in the mid 1940's to use the atomic bomb to end WWII in the Pacific. This reel is part one of a two-parter, of which the second reel is lost. The film was released by the US Atomic Energy Commission and as always I transferred the film using my own Telecine.
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18 thoughts on “The decision to drop the bomb 1964”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jim Adams says:

    Shame about the missing stuff. Anti-climactic.

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hola! 1938thunder says:

    🤔 Just When It Was Getting So Interesting………It Cuts Out, Please Find That Other Half Of The 📽

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Matthew Iverson says:

    I won’t glorify using such horrific weapons in any way. What we did was disgusting and nuclear destruction is at 25% chance right now according to an MIT professor. I want nothing to do with this insanity.

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars spaceranger says:

    If the decision had been no, don't drop the bomb. Where would we have been in 1946 after an amphibious invasion, a couple hundred thousand dead from slugging it out with last-ditch defenders, and a negotiated truce, if it came out that we had this weapon, we had tested it and it worked, and we decided not to use it?

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Er Bob says:

    This is absolutely gripping thank you

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mark Hodgson says:

    And it would be America to first drop the bomb remember this

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars kuro68000 says:

    A classic bit of propaganda, part of the effort to whitewash one of the worst war crimes in history. Thanks for preserving it.

    Do you give copies of these to the Internet Archive?

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Thomas Tipping says:

    Fran, I has seen other You-Potatos (Tubers) display a disclaimer referring to "Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976". Fair use for educational and research uses is not an infringement under that section. Have you tried using such disclaimers for your transferred EDUCATIONAL films? BTW I wish NHK World would show this every August when they air shows about the bombings.

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars ahaa! says:

    …Watch movie AKIRA after this…

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars marmaly says:

    I always heard that Hiroshima was targeted due to bad weather at Kyoto. I never heard this version.

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars This Old Miner says:

    the second reel is lost…… it figures. 🙂

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars jack hreha says:

    I wonder why the second reel is lost ? Beast Regards Jack

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Seth Fox says:

    jeez…! thanks for uploading

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Marvin Dougherty says:

    Yes

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Sirn23 says:

    Thanks a lot!

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars user 9429450 says:

    Thanks Fran, this is noble work. Intense film.

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Leigh S says:

    The fact that you still had isolated Japanese soldiers fighting the war 30 years after the war ended is pretty good evidence that their decision to drop the bomb to prevent an apocalyptic slaughter via land invasion of Japan was a good call.

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Newport Shapwick says:

    Absolutely fascinating. Thanks for sharing this!

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