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1945: On the water above where Indianapolis went down

It’s Monday morning. The wind has died. During the night, a current separated the captain’s small liferaft floatilla from the groups of swimmers. They are too far apart to discover the others. Around fifty men did not survive the night. Their fellows remove their life jackets and let them sink into the depths. The sun […]

1945: Indianapolis goes down

The Indianapolis, bound for Leyte in the Philipines, is in the Philipine Sea near midnight when a Japanese submarine I-58 discovers them and mistakes the cruiser for a battleship. The commander of the submarine, Mochitsura Hashimoto, looks through the periscope and scans the horizon. There’s nothing else there. The Indianapolis is unescorted (at this point […]

1945: Test Flights to the Empire from Tinian

B-29 flight Crews at Tinian Island have been conducting practice flying and bombing runs over “the Empire,” their term for mainland Japan. The first was July 20, second July 24, third one was July 26. Today, July 29 is the fourth run. (They’ve flown on other missions over Japanese territories that lie between Tinian and […]

1945: Comrade, what can you tell us of Uranium?

A cable from Moscow to the Soviet Embassy in Ottawa, Canada asks Colonel Zabotin (head of military intelligence there) to get whatever information he can about the status of uranium from Alan Nunn May, before Nunn May returns home to England. Originally from Cambridge, England, Nunn May is currently located in Canada to build a […]

1945: From Tokyo to Moscow and then Potsdam

In Potsdam, the new British Prime Minister, Clement Atlee, and his Foreign Minister, Ernest Bevin, arrive back from England in the early evening of Saturday the 28th of July. They pay informal courtesy calls upon Stalin and then Truman, who each size up the new British Prime Minister. Later that night, the Heads of State […]

1945: NY Times on Japan on Ultimatum

The headline in the New York Times carries news from the Japanese press conference: Japan Officialy Turns Down Allied Surrender Ultimatum Strange 60-years-on perspective: This story is printed at the same time (or maybe off by half a day, or a whole day) as the story of a plane that flies into the tallest building […]