This is a 12 slide, highly animated, power point presentations on The United States & WW II - The Decision to Drop the Atomic Bombs. Each of the presentation slides are editable so you can change it to fit your individual needs.
When Harry Truman learned of the success of the Manhattan Project, he knew he was faced with a decision of unprecedented gravity. The capacity to end the war with Japan was in his hands, but it would involve unleashing the most terrible weapon ever known.
American soldiers and civilians were weary from 4 years of war, yet the Japanese military was refusing to give up their fight. American forces occupied Okinawa and Iwo Jima and were intensely fire bombing Japanese cities.
Japan had an army of 2 million strong stationed in the home islands guarding against invasion. Prolonging the war was not an option for the President. Over 3,500 Japanese kamikaze raids had already wrought great destruction and loss of American lives. Truman stated that his decision to drop the bomb was purely military. A Normandy-type amphibious landing would have cost an estimated 1 million casualties.
Truman believed that the bombs saved Japanese lives as well.
The presentation covers the following:
America and the Bomb
Overtures to Japan
First Bomb Drop
Second Bomb Drop
The Ethical Debate
End of Presentation
This is one of many power point presentations I offer in my store under the heading... World War II.