Little Man & Fat Boy: The Only Nuclear Weapons Detonated in Warfare

Let me clear something up right away. This topic in general makes me sick to my stomach. The fact that the United States of America killed over 200,000 people in the space of a few days…it’s wrong. I’m not justifying the action at all, I 100% disagree with it.


Little Boy


Dropped on the Japanese town of Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945, The Little Boy weighed nearly 5 tons at 9,700 pounds and was the first nuclear weapon ever used in a war. Similar to discharging a gun, the Little Boy achieved critical mass from a uranium projectile that becomes a chain reaction. Two pieces of uranium were fused together, resulting in a burst of neutrons that begins the chain reaction. This continuing energy builds and builds until eventually the bomb blows itself up.

The risk of an accidental detonation made the weaponeers (pilots of theĀ Enola Gay) very nervous. The first affect of the bomb was the blinding light, a result of radiation. The damage to Hiroshima began with a deadly blast that sent shock waves over a two-mile radius. Everything within a mile was completely destroyed. The next thing that destroyed inhabitants of Hiroshima was the fire. It’s estimated that 60% of the deaths at Hiroshima were attributed to the fire. Lastly, and most famously, the radiation. The sudden burst of gamma radiation from the fireball killed over 6,000 survivors of the blast and fire alone.




Fat Man

Three days later, the Japanese had still not surrendered to the Allied Powers. And we had another bomb. So of course, what do our country ass bumpkin politicians decide to do? Oh, murder some more people, of course. The Fat Man refers to the early design of the bomb, which had a wide, round shape. Unlike the Little Boy, the Fat Man was an implosion weapon with a plutonium core.

Originally designed to bomb a different city, the Fat Man was dropped at 11:02 local time. It missed its detonation point by almost two miles, yet still managed to kill nearly 80,000 people in an instant. Thousands died from the blast, radiation illnesses and impact. Most people who were killed were industrial workers, not soldiers. These deaths were civilian deaths, however…the factory that the bomb hit was the factory that manufactured the torpedoes released on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

Many movies and pop culture surrounds these two weapons, but at what cost? The topic of nuclear ethics is very controversial and most people don’t think about it. Not only did our actions kill men, women, children…innocent ones, but they also opened a floodgate of possibilities for countries to explore this new weaponry. Now the threat of nuclear warfare is across the screens of CNN every year. Korea threatens, Russia threatens, Iran threatens. Where does it end? What gives the United States of America the right to kill people in order to stop war? Was it worth it? That’s something you need to decide yourself, I guess.