World War II - Document #2
“The Surrender of Japan was not entirely the result of the
two atomic bombs. We had hit some 60
Japanese cities with our regular H.E. [high explosive] and incendiary bombs
and, as a result of our raids, about 241,000 people had been killed, 313,000
wounded, and about 2,333,000 homes destroyed.
Our B-29s had destroyed most of the Japanese industries and, with the
laying of mines, which prevented the arrival of incoming cargoes of critical
items, had made it impossible for
Source: Memoirs of General H.H. Arnold, Commander of the American Army Air Force .