Stalin and the POWs

Paul Flewers paul.flewers at
Fri Aug 6 20:18:44 MDT 1999

Mark Jones wrote: < Truman, the simple, religious Man from Missouri,
made it plain to Stalin that the atom bombs just then detonated were
meant above all as warnings to Russia (the Japanese Empire had, of
course, been trying for weeks to surrender; the Americans turned a deaf
ear until after their first nuclear tests were completed on the
inhabitants of Hiroshima and Nagasaki). >

'The employment of the new weapon on a substantial scale should expedite
the surrender of Japan.' Editorial of the Daily Worker, daily organ of
the Communist Party of Great Britain, 7 August 1945, the day after the
Hiroshima bombing.

Paul F

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