Accession Number : ADA308515

Title :   Truman's Atomic Bomb Decision. An Attack on Japan's Center of Gravity.

Descriptive Note : Strategy research rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Johnson, Jerry D.

PDF Url : ADA308515

Report Date : 07 APR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 45

Abstract : Truman's decision to use nuclear weapons to end the War in the Pacific is the subject of much debate. The purpose of this paper is to look at the debate between traditional and revisionist historian views on the subject and gain a better understanding of Truman's decision. The paper shows support for the theory that Truman's decision was appropriate because it was his best available option. It also shows that the Atom bomb actually attacked Japan's center of gravity, the will of the elite Japanese leadership team who administered the war. It did this while at the same time protecting what had become the United States center of gravity by the end of the War--the will of the people of the United States to continue a protracted, costly war.

Descriptors :   *DECISION MAKING, *JAPAN, *PRESIDENT(UNITED STATES), *BOMBING, *BOMBARDMENT(ATTACK), CENTER OF GRAVITY, WARFARE, UNITED STATES, LEADERSHIP, MORALE, CASUALTIES, MILITARY COMMANDERS, URBAN AREAS, NUCLEAR BOMBS.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Nuclear Warfare
      Aerial Bombs

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE