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Jul 6, 2005 | 1:04 AM EDT

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Update (Oct 9th, 2005) I've uploaded a new version of the movie here. It included some graphical updates and a credit sequence, enjoy.

On July 16th, 1945, the first man-made nuclear explosion took place at the Alamogordo Test Range. Under a month later, the first atomic bomb, dubbed "Little Boy," arrived at Tinian airbase. The bomb was loaded in a modified B-29, the Enola Gay, and on August 6th, 1945 at 2:45 AM, the Enola Gay lifted off from Tinian. By 6:00 AM, the bomb had been armed in flight and Colonel Paul Tibbets announced to the crew that they were carrying the world's first atomic bomb. Just over two hours later, at 8:12 AM, the bomb was released from the Enola Gay.
Little Boy exploded two thousand feet above the city. The blast was equal to that of 13,000 tons of TNT, and over 80,000 died within seconds of the explosion. Three days later, a second bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki. On August 14th, Japan accepted the Allied terms of surrender, effectively ending World War II. Together, the two bombings killed approximately 110,000 Japanese citizens and injured another 130,000. By 1950, 230,000 Japanese had died from injuries or radiation.

Total frames: 3494.
Runtime: 5 minutes.



Rated 5 / 5 stars

yes that

that day sent a message to japan,:you kill thounsands of sailors at pearl harbor,we kill billions of your people


Rated 5 / 5 stars


hundreds of thousands dead, but saving millions in the process


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Its slow to start...and quick to finish.

perhaps its my A.D.D talking but it was a bit slow. i got done clipping my nails before i became genuinely interested. by the by i hope this flash doesn't elicit any sympathy for the Japanese. dont get me wrong its flat out horrible that innocent lives were annihilated, HOWEVER...they were planing to do the same to New York city, we simply struck first. Pearl Harbor being the decoy used to draw our attention from the east coast. Also had we invaded Japan on foot even more lives would have been lost, Japanese and American.


Rated 4 / 5 stars

good but..

why is it dedicated to trueman not the people that died in hiroshima and nagasaki?


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars


Good video. Soundtrack to "The Thin Red Line" there I hear. 230,000 is an unspeakable figure. You there below me have obviously not done your research. I suggest you watch "Fog of War." The Americans absolutely gutted the Japanese. They firebombed about %50 of Tokyo, a city mostly made of wood. It was needless killing in a war that involved financial gain (for the Americans) as well as fighting evil.