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What if they got rid of the emperor and changed the form of government entirely? Even though the situation was bad in the summer ofthe leaders of Japan were not willing to consider giving up their traditions, their beliefs, or their way of life. What could have happened that caused them to so suddenly and decisively change their minds? What made them sit down to seriously discuss surrender for the first time after 14 years of war? It could not have been Nagasaki. The bombing of Nagasaki occurred in the late morning of Aug.
It came 74 hours — more than three days — earlier. What kind of crisis takes three days to unfold? The hallmark of a crisis is a sense of impending disaster and the overwhelming desire to take action now.
Kennedy was sitting up in bed reading the morning papers at about 8: Within two hours and forty-five minutes a special committee had been created, its members selected, contacted, brought to the White House, and were seated around the cabinet table to discuss what should be done. Secretary of State Acheson called Truman that Saturday morning to give him the news. Within 24 hours, Truman had flown halfway across the United States and was seated at Blair House the White House was undergoing renovations with his top military and political advisors talking about what to do.
These leaders responded — as leaders in any country would — to the imperative call that a crisis creates. They each took decisive steps in a short period of time. If Hiroshima really touched off a crisis that eventually forced the Japanese to surrender after fighting for 14 years, why did it take them three days to sit down to discuss it?
One might argue that the delay is perfectly logical. Perhaps they only came to realize the importance of the bombing slowly. So the outcome — the end result of the bombing — was clear from the beginning. Second, the preliminary report prepared by the Army team that investigated the Hiroshima bombing, the one that gave details about what had happened there, was not delivered until Aug.
Although their verbal report was delivered to the military on Aug. The decision to surrender was therefore not based on a deep appreciation of the horror at Hiroshima. Third, the Japanese military understood, at least in a rough way, what nuclear weapons were. Japan had a nuclear weapons program. Several of the military men mention the fact that it was a nuclear weapon that destroyed Hiroshima in their diaries.
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Anami Korechika, minster of war, even went to consult with the head of the Japanese nuclear weapons program on the night of Aug. Finally, one other fact about timing creates a striking problem. Either they succumbed to some sort of group schizophrenia, or some other event was the real motivation to discuss surrender.
Scale Historically, the use of the Bomb may seem like the most important discrete event of the war. From the contemporary Japanese perspective, however, it might not have been so easy to distinguish the Bomb from other events.
It is, after all, difficult to distinguish a single drop of rain in the midst of a hurricane. In the summer ofthe U. Army Air Force carried out one of the most intense campaigns of city destruction in the history of the world. Sixty-eight cities in Japan were attacked and all of them were either partially or completely destroyed.
Sixty-six of these raids were carried out with conventional bombs, two with atomic bombs. The destruction caused by conventional attacks was huge. Night after night, all summer long, cities would go up in smoke. In the midst of this cascade of destruction, it would not be surprising if this or that individual attack failed to make much of an impression — even if it was carried out with a remarkable new type of weapon.
A B bomber flying from the Mariana Islands could carry — depending on the location of the target and the altitude of attack — somewhere between 16, and 20, pounds of bombs.
A typical raid consisted of bombers. This means that the typical conventional raid was dropping 4 to 5 kilotons of bombs on each city. A kiloton is a thousand tons and is the standard measure of the explosive power of a nuclear weapon.
The Hiroshima bomb measured Given that many bombs spread the destruction evenly and therefore more effectivelywhile a single, more powerful bomb wastes much of its power at the center of the explosion — re-bouncing the rubble, as it were — it could be argued that some of the conventional raids approached the destruction of the two atomic bombings. The first of the conventional raids, a night attack on Tokyo on March, remains the single most destructive attack on a city in the history of war.
Something like 16 square miles of the city were burned out. An estimatedJapanese lost their lives — the single highest death toll of any bombing attack on a city. We often imagine, because of the way the story is told, that the bombing of Hiroshima was far worse. We imagine that the number of people killed was off the charts. But if you graph the number of people killed in all 68 cities bombed in the summer ofyou find that Hiroshima was second in terms of civilian deaths.
If you chart the number of square miles destroyed, you find that Hiroshima was fourth. If you chart the percentage of the city destroyed, Hiroshima was 17th. Hiroshima was clearly within the parameters of the conventional attacks carried out that summer. From our perspective, Hiroshima seems singular, extraordinary.
On the morning of July 17, you would have been greeted by reports that during the night four cities had been attacked: Oita, Hiratsuka, Numazu, and Kuwana. Of these, Oita and Hiratsuka were more than 50 percent destroyed. Kuwana was more than 75 percent destroyed and Numazu was hit even more severely, with something like 90 percent of the city burned to the ground.
Three days later you have woken to find that three more cities had been attacked. Fukui was more than 80 percent destroyed. A week later and three more cities have been attacked during the night. Two days later and six more cities were attacked in one night, including Ichinomiya, which was 75 percent destroyed. And the reports would have included the information that Toyama roughly the size of Chattanooga, Tennessee inhad been Virtually the entire city had been leveled. Four days later and four more cities have been attacked.
How much would this one new attack have stood out against the background of city destruction that had been going on for weeks? In the three weeks prior to Hiroshima, 26 cities were attacked by the U. Of these, eight — or almost a third — were as completely or more completely destroyed than Hiroshima in terms of the percentage of the city destroyed. Two days after the bombing of Tokyo, retired Foreign Minister Shidehara Kijuro expressed a sentiment that was apparently widely held among Japanese high-ranking officials at the time.
In time their unity and resolve would grow stronger. It is worth remembering that Shidehara was a moderate. At the highest levels of government — in the Supreme Council — attitudes were apparently the same. Strategic significance If the Japanese were not concerned with city bombing in general or the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in particular, what were they concerned with?
The answer is simple: The Japanese were in a relatively difficult strategic situation. They were nearing the end of a war they were losing. The Army, however, was still strong and well-supplied. Nearly 4 million men were under arms and 1. The question was not whether to continue, but how to bring the war to a close under the best terms possible.
Korea, Vietnam, Burma, parts of Malaysia and Indonesia, a large portion of eastern China, and numerous islands in the Pacific.
They had two plans for getting better surrender terms; they had, in other words, two strategic options. The first was diplomatic. Japan had signed a five-year neutrality pact with the Soviets in April ofwhich would expire in A group consisting mostly of civilian leaders and led by Foreign Minister Togo Shigenori hoped that Stalin might be convinced to mediate a settlement between the United States and its allies on the one hand, and Japan on the other.
Even though this plan was a long shot, it reflected sound strategic thinking. The second plan was military, and most of its proponents, led by the Army Minister Anami Korechika, were military men. They hoped to use Imperial Army ground troops to inflict high casualties on U.
If they succeeded, they felt, they might be able to get the United States to offer better terms. This strategy was also a long shot. The United States seemed deeply committed to unconditional surrender. Zussman is stabbed by a German soldier, resulting in his hospitalization for several weeks.
Zussman returns to duty in time for Operation Cobrawhere American forces successfully push to reclaim the town of Marigny. Daniels and Zussman successfully derail the train before being escorted back to their squad by French Resistance leader Camille "Rousseau" Denis Bella Dayne.
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A week later, Rousseau and Crowley infiltrate a German garrison in Paris to retrieve explosives in preparation for the platoon's assault upon it. Paul Boehmer in retaliation for his murder of her family and blows the gates, allowing the platoon to liberate Paris.
They are ordered to take over a German-occupied hotel. They discover civilians inside the hotel, and Turner orders their evacuation, to Pierson's dismay. A young girl named Anna Lilith Max goes missing, and Daniels rescues her.
German soldiers open fire on a truck carrying the civilians, killing Anna's older sister. Pierson sends the truck away without protection, creating a rift with Turner. Turner splits the platoon into two groups; Pierson and Zussman are tasked with advancing towards the hill, while Turner and Daniels cover them until they can meet at the bottom.
Turner's squad soon receives a transmission revealing that Pierson ordered an attack on the hill against Turner's orders, forcing Turner to join in. The platoon destroys artillery positions, but the Germans counterattack with a Tiger II tank. Turner is fatally wounded rescuing Daniels, and orders Daniels to abandon him while he covers the platoon's escape.
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In the aftermath of Turner's death, Pierson becomes head of the platoon and makes Daniels his second-in-command, promoting him to Corporal. At the height of the Battle of the Bulgethe platoon is surrounded by Germans.
Daniels meets an African-American technician, Howard Russell Richardsonwho helps the platoon contact air support. The platoon captures several German soldiers, and discovers that the Germans plan to destroy a bridge at Remagenthe last bridge over the Rhine.
After destroying the explosives in transit, Pierson orders the platoon to attack a nearby air base to destroy the remaining explosives.
The attack fails, resulting in Daniels and Zussman being surrounded by enemy troops. Daniels disobeys Pierson and attempts to pursue the German truck carrying Zussman, but ends up injuring himself in the process and letting the truck escape.
He is hospitalized, with Pierson denying him from the platoon. After recovering for eight weeks, Daniels learns from Davis about the events that changed Pierson in the Battle of Kasserine Pass: Daniels later confronts Pierson in his tent and tears up his honorable discharge papers in order to rejoin the platoon.
They successfully capture the last bridge over the Rhine. The platoon heads into Germany, liberating concentration camps in search of Zussman, eventually reaching the Berga concentration campwhich they find abandoned; the camp's survivors were sent on a death march. Daniels finds and saves Zussman by killing Metz before he can execute him. At the end of the war, Daniels parts ways with his platoon and returns to Texasreuniting with his wife and newborn son. He visits the grave of his older brother, Paul Chris Browningwho died from injuries he sustained after fighting a wolf that Daniels failed to shoot in time.
He places his Bronze Star medal on the grave, saying that his brother deserves it for teaching him how to fight for himself and for his brothers. Nazi Zombies[ edit ] Austrian engineer Marie Fischer Katheryn Winnick is sent on a mission to her hometown village of Mittelburg, Bavaria by her commanding officer, Major Hank Rideau Darin De Paulto retrieve lost artifacts stolen by the Nazis for experimentation, as well as rescue her brother, Klaus, who provided the information.
Klaus has been unwillingly working with their lead scientist Peter Straub Udo Kier and weapons expert Colonel Heinz Richter Tomm Voss on a project to exploit a new energy dubbed "Geistkraft" literal translation: However, on their train ride to Mittelburg, the group is attacked by an unidentified colossal being.
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Marie is stranded from the others, and finds herself taking temporary refuge at a small house nearby, where she holds out against hordes of dead German soldiers reanimated by Geistkraft, until she is able to make her way to the village.
After reuniting with the other three, Marie and the crew proceed further down into the village's hidden bunker, where Straub has set up his laboratory. There, they fend off against Straub's undead horde, as well as Richter, whose obsession on weaponization of Geistkraft puts him at odds with Straub. Richter's zeppelin, flying above the village, attempts to pull the batteries back, which pulls the creature along as well. The Hilt's power somehow revives Klaus, but in a seemingly possessed state, he staggers into the village while ignoring Marie's pleas.
He tells the crew to prevent "the Emperor"'s return, before activating a fire trap, disappearing in the engulfing flame. Days later, the crew receives intel of Straub's sighting at the islands of Heligolandwhere he has been storing his undead army.
They travel to the island in pursuit of Straub, as well as the next piece of Barbarossa's Sword. The crew comes into struggle with the Nazi Kriegsmarine forces protecting the island as well as Straub's latest undead creations, as he prepares for an assault on Britain. Upon solving several ancient riddles, they find a ritual chamber dedicated to the goddess Nerthuswhere they acquire the Pommel of Barbarossa's Sword.
The crew then calls the British Royal Air Force in for an airstrike to destroy the facility on the island; in an effort to escape, they go up against the Meistermeuchlers literal translation: Master Assassinszombies that are engineered to adapt to their enemies' combat style and skills. After defeating the monstrous creatures, they manage to stow away on one of Straub's zeppelins, as he and his forces return to Berlin in response to Adolf Hitler 's call for rescue. The zeppelins arrive at Berlin as the Red Army begins their invasion into the city.
Realizing that the Russians will be outmatched by the undead army, the crew grabs onto one of the zombie drop pods and lands onto the ground. After assisting the Red Army by drawing Straub's attention away from them, the four recover three Geistkraft-powered melee weapons hidden around the city by the Nazis. Using the weapons as keys, they uncover a hidden courtyard, where they find the final piece of Barbarossa's Sword, the Blade.
With all parts of the Sword collected, the crew infiltrates Straub's zeppelin for a final showdown, where he ends up being overwhelmed and brutally killed by his own zombies.
In the wake of Straub's demise, the undead army is unleashed all across Europe. United States President Harry S. Truman authorizes Rideau, now General, to form the Bureau of Archaic Technologies, a special task force consisting of global elite Allied agents, in order to combat the new threat. Unable to reassemble the Sword of Barbarossa on their own, Marie and Drostan deduce that their only option is to find the legendary forge of Thule.
Jefferson, now promoted to Major, leads the team to New SwabiaAntarcticain search of the forge upon discovery of increased Nazi activity in the region. Rideau leads a team of new Bureau recruits to transport the pieces of the Sword by different routes to New Swabia. Along the way, they encounter resistance from the undead army, but manage to prevail.
At New Swabia, the crew find the forge, and upon successful deciphering of ancient Thulian runes, they finally reassemble the Sword after Rideau delivers the remaining pieces. Afterwards, the crew battles against the Guardian of the forge, and emerges victorious. The four manage to escape the forge as it collapses, but unbeknownst to them, Geistkraft energy begins to flow intensively beneath the area.
On their flight back from New Swabia, the crew's plane is shot by a bolt of Geistkraft lightning, and crash-lands near the site. They then find themselves within the Lost City of Thule, the source of the Geistkraft energy.
The team uncovers ancient weapons once wielded by the Raven Lords, elite warriors who are meant to bring balance to a cycle of life and death, and uses them against the undead horde. The God King seemingly overpowers the four, but Klaus, who has been reborn as the Rook, arrives and charges them with Geistkraft, bestowing them the title of Raven Lords, allowing them to defeat the God King.
Rideau then contacts the four, revealing his true status as a member of the Order of the Ravens, an ancient cult dedicated to serving the Raven Lords; he insists that they must now embrace their newfound titles and destiny, and lead the Order in the ongoing battle against the remaining undead forces.
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In the interview by Metro, the interviewer asked him what the possibilities of where the next Call of Duty could go in terms of setting. So yeah, I think a next generation game with the latest production values and robustness in a World War II setting like Band of Brothers would be amazing. Now, how would it play and how would the multiplayer work after the new movement set in Advanced Warfare?
That's a tougher question than I've had to tackle yet…". Activision initially refused to deny claims that Nazi extermination camps would be featured in the game. Senior creative director Bret Robbins said in an interview "Some very, very dark things happened during this conflict and it felt wrong for us to ignore that. It's an unfortunate part of the history, but you can't tell an authentic, truthful story without going there.