Seventy five years ago today the Imperial Japanese Government broadcast their unconditional acceptance of the terms Potsdam Proclamation. It would take several weeks to arrange the surrender in Tokyo bay and more time to land an occupation force to begin disarmament. Yet it is this day that is remembered.
Chicagoboyz has commemorated this day — more or less — since 2010.
Below is a link list with thumb nail descriptions of the columns.
This column speaks to how the US military use it’s secret SIGSALY digital radio-telephone system to communicate about the Atomic Bomb.
This months delayed column was on a 2011 NHK documentary titled as follows:
“Atomic bombing – top secret information that was never utilized
The NHK documentary answers questions that “Atomic Diplomacy” has never bothered to ask. Specifically “What did the Imperial Japanese Military & Government know about the American nuclear weapon program, when did it know it, and what did it do about it.”
2018 — Happy VJ-Day, Plus 73 Years
This column goes into the IJA Ni-Go & IJN F-Go Genzai Bakuden (atomic bomb) programs and how physicists on those programs enabled the Japanese military surrender via recognizing plutonium at Nagasaki. The column also points out the following:
“Between Ultra code breaking and radio direction finding the American military had pinpointed all the major Area Army (AKA Army Group), Army (AKA Corps) and Divisional HQ on Kyushu. With that and and SHORAN guided photo reconnaissance MacArthur and 20th Air Force were in a position to use nukes to decapitate all Japanese high command on Kyushu near-simultaneous with the invasion landings to keep the Japanese reinforcements against the landings disorganized for the 3-to-5 days they needed to get established.”
2017 — Happy VJ-Day, Plus 72 Years
This column traces the rise of “Atomic Diplomacy” from Paul Henry Nitze USSBS, through P.M.S. Blackett with his 1948 book “Fear, War and the Bomb: Military and Political Consequences of Atomic Energy” to it’s it’s post 1994-95 ENOLA GAY Smithsonian Exhibit Controversy take down by the likes of books like 1995’s “Truman and the Hiroshima Cult” by Robert P. Newman, 1999’s “Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire “by Richard Frank, and Robert P. Newman’s 2004 book, “Enola Gay and the Court of History.” Particularly damning in this regard was military historian Robert P. Newman found, and publicized in his books, that Paul Nitze lied in the USSBS report about the state of Japanese resistance in August 1945.
This is one of the largest Chicagoboyz VJ-Day columns and it focused on the use of SHORAN radio-navigation in the planned invasion of Japan. SHORAN was key to three USAAF bombing plans:
1. The Small City Target Plan — Bombing out the smaller, 100,000 person or less, Japanese cities within range of Saipan to ‘induce’ a surrender;
2. The Transportation Plan — A massive two month (1 Oct – 30 Nov 1945) long campaign intended to destroy Japan’s rail system; and
3. Beach Preparations on Kyushu — The proposed B-29 carpet bombing of Kyushu beaches on 29, 30 and 31 October with 100 B–29 w-10 ton loads per plane.
This post includes video links to presentations by the leading historians of the period including Craig Symonds, Richard Frank, D.M. Giangreco, and John Kuehn
This column is on Operation Downfall — the cancelled invasion of Japan — and includes a video link and reviews of four counter-factual Invasion history story from 1971 – 2015.
This column looks at three different US Military chemical warfare back up plans for the invasion of Japan including the use of German nerve gas, Recoilless rifle shells with CK gas and MacArthur’s plan involving an Australian heavy cruiser. For a background to General MacArthur;s CW options. See: Geoff Plunkett, Chemical Weapon Stocks 1943-1945 mustardgas.org/inventory.htm
This column focuses on U.S. Military preparations on 9 Aug 45 via A-bomb pit plans, VB-6 Felix heat seeking bomb deployment and Flame tank production.
2012 – Nagasaki Plus 67 Years
This column focuses on Henry I. Miller Forbes piece “ The Nuking Of Japan Was A Tactical And Moral Imperative!“ and the Shockley’s analysis of large-scale participation by Japanese civilians in repelling a U.S. invasion. Physicist William Shockley was on the staff of Secretary of War Henry Stimson & estimated that the invasion of Japan would cost 1.7-4 million American casualties, including 400,000-800,000 fatalities, and five to ten million Japanese deaths.
2011 – Happy V-J Day!
This short column discusses Operation downfall with a map from the 6th Army Operation Olympic Assault Plan.
This column is why it took both atomic bombs and the Soviet invasion of Manchuria to get the Japanese military to surrender and
This is focused on Richard B. Frank’s column “Why Truman Dropped the Bomb” Sixty years after Hiroshima, we now have the secret intercepts that influenced his decision.
The bottom line of all these columns was, is and remained this year “Thank God for the Atomic bomb.”