History channel remembers Hiroshima, August 6th.

6 August 2015 will mark 70 years since the world’s first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.


6 August 2015 will mark 70 years since the world’s first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.

Nagasaki followed 3 days later.

The History Channel will remember the day the world changed, with three specials, The Bomb, Hiroshima: The Real Story and The Day They Dropped the Bomb.

The Bomb
Sunday August 2 at 8.30pm
Australian Premiere
The Bomb tells the epic story of a device that has shaped humanity and redefined our existence on this planet. For 70 years, the world has been terrified—yet also comforted—by the atomic bomb. Every generation since 1945 has grown up with the spectre of nuclear holocaust. But whereas this reality dominated life in the “duck and cover” 1950s, today the threat of nuclear annihilation has largely receded from consciousness. Even as the U.S. and Russia have reduced their stocks of the bomb, the simple black-and-white playing field of the Cold War has been replaced by a complex and unsettled world in which a terrorist with a small nuke in a pickup truck may be a significantly greater threat than the old superpower doomsday scenarios of Fail Safe or Dr. Strangelove. Yet this much is clear: The number of human deaths from war had risen precipitously higher throughout history, until August 1945. From that moment—when the atomic bomb made its appearance on the world stage—the number of deaths from war have dropped enormously. Judged by that measure, the A-bomb may actually have made the world safer . . . so far.

Hiroshima: The Real Story
Wednesday August 5 at 8.30pm
Australian Premiere
The day that changed the world forever.
The nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima heralded the dawn of a new era. Its detonation not only killed over 100,000 people but also signified both the final chapter of World War Two and the beginning of the nuclear age. Armed conflict, international politics and the security of all mankind would never be the same again. Through a detailed retelling of the events before, during and after the dropping of the bomb, this film unravels the compelling story of one of the 20th century’s defining moments and reveals the far-reaching consequences of the explosion, both in Hiroshima itself and for the world at large. From the rooms of the world’s most powerful leaders, both Allied and Japanese, to inside the planes sent on the fateful mission to the devastated streets of Hiroshima in the hours after the attack, it explores the crucial moments, the key locations, and the pivotal players.

The Day They Dropped the Bomb
Thursday August 6 at 7.30pm
Australian Premiere
Featuring incredible eyewitness accounts, this film sheds new light on the development, delivery and impact of the deadliest weapon ever used. On 6 August 2015, it will be 70 years since the world’s first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. Up to 80,000 people were instantly vaporised. It changed the course of world history. Through rare archive footage and the personal testimonies of people who were there, this bold documentary tells the full story of this landmark moment. Covering the race to beat the Nazis to the technology, it contrasts the likely cost of a ground offensive with the ability to, in Churchill’s words, “end the whole war in one or two violent shocks.” Contributors include Theodore ‘Dutch’ Van Kirk, the only surviving member of the Enola Gay, the plane which dropped the bomb.

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