Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentMilitary · 9 years ago

What would happen if we never dropped the atomic bomb?

I'm writing a paper for my history class. The topic is what would happen and result if America never dropped the atomic bomb on Japan. Also, does anyone have any good primary/secondary sources or google books, suggestions? If so please HELP!

3 Answers

  • Tryg
    Lv 6
    9 years ago
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    It is a pretty widely accepted estimate by historians that had we not ended the war this way and had invaded Japan instead, it would have resulted in the loss of 3 to 5 MILLION lives. Far more of them would have been civilians as many would have suicided since they had been seriously mislead as to how American invaders would treat them by their own government's propaganda. And many of them would have been American Marines and soldiers as well as Japanese forces. So harsh as it may have been, dropping the bombs did accomplish the purpose of considerably reducing the loss of life leading to the end of the war.

    The scariest thing to me is that if the Soviets had invaded and occupied Japan, given the nature of the Japanese--particularly at that time in history--they would have taken Soviet-style Communism and MADE IT WORK. I shudder to think of the consequences although I do think it would make a killer alternate history novel (I love those).

    For more, see (the Amazon reader reviews are particularly good; some of them are mini-scholarly works themselves.) A great analysis of primary source material is 'Transcript of "OPERATION DOWNFALL [US invasion of Japan]: US PLANS AND JAPANESE COUNTER-MEASURES" by D. M. Giangreco, US Army Command and General Staff College, 16 February 1998' at ; also by Giangreco, see "Hell to pay: Operation Downfall and the invasion of Japan, 1945-47" at

    Source(s): Former Assistant Professor of Naval Science
  • Thalia
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    Try this book--

    The Invasion of Japan: Alternative to the Bomb by John Ray Skates

    It may be available online in Google Books or your library.

  • Wraeth
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    Look at Germany and how it was split between the Soviets and the West until the fall of the Soviet Union.

    The reasons the bombs were dropped was because it was estimated that to invade would cost millions of lives on both sides, and we would likely HAVE to have the Soviets invade as well to actually quell Japan.

    If the Soviets had gone into Japan with us (something they wanted to do) then Japan would have been split up as well.

    Source(s): US Army Scout
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