7. On the west side of the Pacific Ocean, we find ourselves flying over the southern part of the island of Honshu, near the city which was the site of the first use of nuclear weapons in warfare. Which Japanese city was this?
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On the morning of 6 August 1945, at 8:15am local time, a USAAF bomber dropped an atomic bomb with the code name Little Boy on the city of Hiroshima. Most of the city was destroyed, and somewhere between 100,000 and 175,000 people died within the next six months as a direct result of the bombing. The city was first established around 1600 as a castle town, and developed into an industrial centre during the second half of the 19th century, becoming officially designated as a city in 1889. It was a military centre of some significance, but most of the deaths caused by the atomic bomb were civilians. The book 'Hiroshima' by John Hershey describes the lives of six survivors in the time immediately before the bombing, and during a period of four months afterwards. It makes powerful reading.