History of World War II: Hiroshima is a documentary film, infused with dramatic elements, that explores the way of life of the affected people of what many people deem to be the culmination of all technological, political and military advances of the 20th century – the explosion of the world’s first atomic bomb in Hiroshima.
The documentary covers the highlights of historical events which spanned in three weeks. Starting with the “practice nuke” in New Mexico, to the political drama the lead to the decision to drop of the bomb, the dropping of the bomb itself (with a coverage of the Enola Gay), and finally to the ravaged cityscape of Hiroshima.
Only two events in the history of war involved the use of nuclear weapons. As a consequence of the Japanese government ignoring the ultimatum of the United States, United Kingdom, and the Republic of China demanding the surrender of Japan, under the order of the United States President Harry S. Truman, it was deemed necessary to result to a nuclear contingency. This lead to the dropping of the Little Boy on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 in order to destroy one of Japan’s Army Headquarters, as well as communications and storage stations. This was followed by the dropping of the Fat Man on Nagasaki on August 9, 1945.