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Harry Truman was president of America (1945-1952) after the death of F.D. Roosevelt in April 1945. Harry Truman gave the order for the atomic bombs to be dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and he represented the United States at Potsdam, the last of the great war meetings. Truman’s experience at the very top of American Politics was minimal. Therefore, when Roosevelt died in April 1945, Truman was suddenly thrust into the whole international scene that was occurring in both Europe and the Far East. In view of his lack of experience, Truman said to some journalists at his swearing in, "Boys, pray for me now." American intelligence claimed that any American landing in Japan would lead to a minimum of 1 million US casualties. This was clearly untenable and would have been an electoral liability. Hence Truman authorised the use of ‘Little Boy’ and the ‘Fat Man’ against targets in Japan.

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Harry Truman was president of America (1945-1952) after the death of F.D. Roosevelt in April 1945. Harry Truman gave the order for the atomic bombs to be dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and he represented the United States at Potsdam, the last of the great war meetings. Truman’s experience at the very top of American Politics was minimal. Therefore, when Roosevelt died in April 1945, Truman was suddenly thrust into the whole international scene that was occurring in both Europe and the Far East. In view of his lack of experience, Truman said to some journalists at his swearing in, "Boys, pray for me now." American intelligence claimed that any American landing in Japan would lead to a minimum of 1 million US casualties. This was clearly untenable and would have been an electoral liability. Hence Truman authorised the use of ‘Little Boy’ and the ‘Fat Man’ against targets in Japan. More...

 
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