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Bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Did bombings reduce the death toll of WWII?

  • Yes the bombings did reduce the death toll

    The bombs killed around 140,000 Japanese and 0 Americans, which seems like a lot I agree. If we had not dropped the bombs we would have done a land invasion which would have killed around a million Americans and a million Japanese people. Its very clear that yes they did reduce the death toll.

  • Yes the bombings did reduce the death toll

    The bombs killed around 140,000 Japanese and 0 Americans, which seems like a lot I agree. If we had not dropped the bombs we would have done a land invasion which would have killed around a million Americans and a million Japanese people. Its very clear that yes they did reduce the death toll.

  • At a great cost

    The death toll of WWII is staggering and the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki contributed a large number to it, but they probably did lower the death toll in the long run. The bombings were such an emphatic "this ends now" gesture that who knows how many months or years of ground combat they helped avoid.

  • Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings kept death toll down

    I think the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki did help reduce the overall death toll for WWII. If the bombings never happened then the war would have continued and the death toll would have increased. The bombings help ended the war quickly thus save thousands of live on both sides of the war.

  • Theoretically It Did

    There are estimates that over a million more people would have died had the bombs not been dropped to bring about an end to the war. Harry Truman didn't make the decision lightly. The Allies would have had to invade Japan by force, civilian casualties around Tokyo might have been even higher than the 120,000 people killed by both atomic bombs. The bombings themselves didn't reduce the death toll because that number can no longer be changed. In theory, yes, the nuclear bombs dropped saved millions of lives as the lesser of two evils. Another point to consider is that if the bombs hadn't been dropped, perhaps the Soviet Union and the United States would have more readily used the nuclear option during the Cold War which would have resulted in even greater death tolls than those of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

  • Yes, the bombings reduced the death toll of WWII.

    The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki reduced the death toll of WW II, simply because it forced the Japanese to surrender, which led to the official end of World War II. It may have increased the death toll in Japan, but for the United States and it's allies it decreased the death toll.

  • I think that the bombings didn’t reduce the death toll of WWⅡ.

    WWⅡ also would finished early if atmic bombs wasn’t dropped.Actually, Japan was at war with many countries and Japan was not doing well.So Japan couldn't fight on long. The bombings caused many deaths. If The United States had waited more time, would there be an increase in the death toll of WWⅡ? I don't think so. Dropping atomic bombs surely finished WWⅡearly and there was a decrease in the death toll in other countries. But in Japan, it killed a lot of people and made us very sad. So maybe there a decrease in the death toll in other countries but there were a lot of victims of war in Japan. For this reason, I think that the bombings didn't reduce the death toll of WWⅡ.

  • No not really.

    I do not think the bombings reduced the death tolls at all in WWII, if anything raked it up much higher than it should have been. It could be argued that the war would of went on longer causing more deaths, but those deaths would not have been civilians, and innocents.

  • Hiroshima and Nagasaki didn't not reduce WWII death toll

    The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki did not reduce the death toll of WWII. This is because of the fact that if the bombs were not set off, the death toll would have still been lower even if the Japanese were to continue fighting and making the death toll higher.

  • A bomb is made to blow things up and when thrown the death toll goes up not down.

    The bomb that was dropped by a parachute and the total death toll I believe was about 135,000 people. That number is pretty high. Yes bombs kill a lot of people, but in WWII that bomb probably saved a few people that did not get killed from fighting in the war.


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