An eyewitness account of the devastation visited upon Hiroshima, Japan:
"Walking into Hiroshima in broad daylight, wearing an American uniform and knowing that you were one of the first Americans the people in that utterly ruined city had laid eyes on since the bombing, was not a comfortable feeling."
In September, 1945 the Roper Organization polled a cross section of Americans in order to get a sense as to whether or not they approved of the atomic bombings in Japan.
53% approved, while 4% disapproved.
In 2015, on the 70th anniversary of the bombings, YouGov replicated the 1945 Roper poll and found that the American opinions on this topic had changed:
28% approved and 15% disapproved.
32% of the Americans polled wished that the destructive power of the bombs had been demonstrated by exploding the weapons over a spot where no one would have been killed (in 1945, only 14% of those polled thought this way).
Click here to read an article about how the war lords in Tokyo learned of the destruction of Hiroshima.
Click here to read a 1945 opinion against the bomb dropping.
The October 3, 1946 issue of the Atlanta Constitution ran a front page headline declaring that Imperial Japan had successfully tested their own Atom Bomb during the summer of '45. Click here to read more on this topic.
Click here to read about the invention of the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile