General Handy's Letter to the Commanding General

After the successful “Trinity Test,” of the plutonium core of “The Gadget,” high-ranking U.S. military commanders made ready to assemble an atomic bomb for delivery to Japan. 

Getting things in order included communications between the War Department (headed by Henry Stimson) and military generals.

This letter addresses delivery of a nuclear device to Japan.   At this point, the exact city was still uncertain.

Maintained at the U.S. National Archives, this original document has the following description:

Letter received from General Thomas Handy to General Carl Spaatz authorizing the dropping of the first atomic bomb.   07/25/1945

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Image online, courtesy U.S. National Archives.   ARC Identifier 542193.



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