Atomic Cover-up ) since the early 1980s with a special emphasis on the aftermath of the bombings, and the government and media suppression in the decades after.
Yesterday's entry. For today:
July 23, 1945: More decoded cables and reports suggest Japanese
might very well surrender soon if "unconditional surrender" amended to
allow them to retain their Emperor as symbolic leader. U.S. will rule
that out in its upcoming Potsdam Declaration, but then allow it, after
using the bomb.
Truman had come to Potsdam mainly to get the Russians to keep their
promise of entering war against Japan in early August--and Truman
believed that would mean "fini Japs." But, after Trinity, Stimson
writes in diary today, that he and Gen. George Marshall believe "now
with our new weapon we would not need the assistance of the Russians to
conquer Japan." So he again presses for info on earliest possible date
for use of bomb. So the bomb would be useful--even if not, perhaps, necessary.
Out in the Pacific, the first bomb unit, without explosives, dropped in a
test at Tinian.
Meanwhile, 600 bombers get ready to bomb the hell out
of Osaka and Nagoya without conventional weapons.