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July 8th, 2018, 2:07 pm #31

yamsi12 wrote: Germany wouldn’t have been nuked. We don’t nuke white people.
There already existed a list for potential targets. If I remember correctly Manheim was no. 1 target.
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July 8th, 2018, 11:08 pm #32

ede144 wrote:
yamsi12 wrote: Germany wouldn’t have been nuked. We don’t nuke white people.
There already existed a list for potential targets. If I remember correctly Manheim was no. 1 target.
Wasn't Hiroshima chosen since it had yet to be visited by the USAAF?
Mannheim was hit by some 150 raids 40-45, including a full scale event by Bomber Command in 1943.
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July 8th, 2018, 11:33 pm #33

I always suspected Dresden might have been under consideration.  It wasn't heavily attacked until 1945.

It simply may just be though, that no specific target for the first use against Germany had been seriously considered.  They hadn't got to that stage in planning when they realized it was pointless.
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July 9th, 2018, 1:00 pm #34

If it was Mannheim it shows how thoroughly the bomber offensive had trashed all the cities considered too damaged to be worth a nuclear strike.
Dresden was at the limits of range and an awfully long time at risk from the defences until the ground advance removed a lot of those; by then it had also become important for German logistics in the East.
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July 10th, 2018, 7:56 am #35

edgeworthy wrote:
ede144 wrote:
yamsi12 wrote: Germany wouldn’t have been nuked. We don’t nuke white people.
There already existed a list for potential targets. If I remember correctly Manheim was no. 1 target.
Wasn't Hiroshima chosen since it had yet to be visited by the USAAF?
Mannheim was hit by some 150 raids 40-45, including a full scale event by Bomber Command in 1943.
An atomic bomb on Mannheim might shut down BASF permanantly, which doesn't happen with Bomber Command Raids, which targetted civilian populated areas only. Even 8. USAAF had full success in 1944.
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July 10th, 2018, 12:46 pm #36

edgeworthy wrote:
ede144 wrote:
yamsi12 wrote: Germany wouldn’t have been nuked. We don’t nuke white people.
There already existed a list for potential targets. If I remember correctly Manheim was no. 1 target.
Wasn't Hiroshima chosen since it had yet to be visited by the USAAF?
Mannheim was hit by some 150 raids 40-45, including a full scale event by Bomber Command in 1943.
Hiroshima was on the list of targets because it had a important army depot, in the middle of an urban industrial area. It is a good radar target for bombers to navigate with, and it is such a size that a large part of the city could be extensively damaged. There are adjacent hills which are likely to produce a focussing effect which would considerably increase the blast damage. The city was not a good target for firebombing, so it was left untouched by USAAF bombers conducting their firebombing campaign.

Another target that was mentioned in 1943 as a potential target was Truk; the harbour of Truk was mentioned causally in a meeting in May 1943 policy meeting, and it was mentioned because it was a key Japanese Navy base. Truk's lagoon was deep enough so that if the bomb failed to go off, it would fall in water that would prevent easy salvage, and the Japanese would be less likely to learn anything about the bomb than say if the bomb fell and landed in Germany as a dud.

By the time an actual target list was drawn up in May 1945, the war in Europe was effectively over; the planners were no longer looking at Germany as a target as it was clear that the Germans didn't have a nuclear bomb ready, and that Germany's defeat as imminent.

Another problem that was noted was the lack of a delivery platform for a nuclear bomb on Germany; it was either allocate B-29's in large numbers to Europe or ask the British to see if they could modify their Lancaster bombers to carry the weapon.
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