Yin & Yang Daoism
(from top left) Sig Sauer, Beretta, Desert Eagle, Mach 11 suppressed, Colt .45 Snub Nose, Skorpion, MP5K, Mach 11, Walther PPK
On this day: August 6th, 1945.
Together with the United Kingdom and the Republic of China, the United States called for a surrender of Japan in the Potsdam Declaration on 26 July 1945, threatening Japan with “prompt and utter destruction”. The Japanese government ignored this ultimatum, and the United States deployed two nuclear weapons developed by the Manhattan Project.
The American B-29 bomber, known as the Enola Gay, dropped the first atomic bomb on an inhabited area. The bomb named “Little Boy” was dropped over the centre of Hiroshima, Japan. An estimated 140,000 people were killed.
The Hiroshima prefecture health department estimated that, of the people who died on the day of the explosion, 60% died from flash or flame burns, 30% from falling debris and 10% from other causes. During the following months, large numbers died from the effect of burns, radiation sickness, and other injuries, compounded by illness.
The role of the bombings in Japan’s surrender and their ethical justification are still debated.
Other means of destruction could have been used, such as siege or invasion. But whatever got the job done… Well… Got the job done.
Junkers Ju88A-4 (tropical) of Lehregeschwader 1. Aircraft of this unit had the markings L 1+ AA reserved for the unit commander
Che in Moscow…
I want to go there soon.
Fuckin Commies… Gotta love ‘em
So I’ve been in love with the story of Laika for a while now. For the people who don’t know about it here’s a really quick version: Laika was the first living creature in space. Launched by the Russians in the Sputnik II spacecraft on November 3, 1957 she died very soon into the launch due to a cooling system malfunction. You can read more here.
Kalishkonov 47= AK-47
7.62x23 gas operated piston Soviet era weapon
Boris Volynov (left) and Vitaly Zholobov on a 1976 U.S.S.R. postage stamp