America’s Atomic Warning to Japan

On August 6, 1945, the day the atomic bomb fell on Hiroshima, the U.S. Army Air Forces dropped thousands of these leaflets on Japan. Three days later, another bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki. In total, casualties of the atomic bombings are estimated at 200,000 people. On September 2nd, Japan formally surrendered to the United States, ending WWII.

1945 | Japan

From a pamphlet issued by the UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT.

Fair Warning

America asks that you take immediate heed of what we say on this leaflet.

We are in possession of the most destructive explosive ever devised by man. A single one of our newly developed atomic bombs is actually the equivalent in explosive power to what two thousand of our giant B-29s can carry on a single mission. This awful fact is one for you to ponder, and we solemnly assure you it is grimly accurate.

We have just begun to use this weapon against your homeland. If you still have any doubt, make inquiry as to what happened to Hiroshima when just one atomic bomb fell on that city.

Before using this bomb to destroy every resource of the military by which they are prolonging this useless war, we ask that you now petition the emperor to end the war. Our president has outlined for you the thirteen consequences of an honorable surrender. We urge that you accept these consequences and begin the work of building a new, better, and peace-loving Japan. ¥¥

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