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The First Atomic Bomb (ePub)

An Alternate History of the Ending of WW2

Military > Frontline eBooks WWII

By Jim Mangi
Frontline Books
File Size: 22.4 MB (.epub)
Pages: 248
Illustrations: 37 black and white illustrations & 41 black and white maps
ISBN: 9781399009829
Published: 17th May 2022


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While German and Japanese scientists also laboured unsuccessfully to create an atomic bomb, by the summer of 1945, the American-led team was ready to test its first weapon. As the clock ticked down to the detonation time of 05.30 hours on 16 July 1945, the nervous team of technicians and scientists waited ten miles away from ‘Ground Zero’ deep in the New Mexico desert. No one knew how powerful the explosion would be or whether even at such a distance they would be safe from the blast. Even so, some chose to observe the detonation from a point four miles nearer at the control bunker; but then no one was even sure that the bomb would work.

What if that is actually what happened? Under schedule pressure from the White House, the scientists assembled the device in part with tape and tissue paper, knowing some components were flawed. These are verifiable facts. It means that, as many of those who gathered in the New Mexico desert feared at the time, the bomb might not have worked during that first test.

In The First Atomic Bomb, Jim Mangi explores what might happened in the event that the world’s first atomic bomb had not been ready for use when it was. How would this have affected the end of the war in the Pacific, and indeed the Second World War as a whole?

Would Emperor Hirohito’s armed forces have battled on? When might Colonel Paul W. Tibbets, at the controls of his Boeing B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay have then made his historic flight over Hiroshima – and would that city even have remained the target? How would Stalin and the Soviets have reacted to such developments, and how would this have played out in the post-war world?

“Enjoyed it.”

The Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

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After Action Report Newsletter, August 2023

The book is very interesting, At the early stages in particular it is a great reference material and I found it hugely informative.

Overall four mushroom heads out of five

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Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)

A slightly dystopic view of world history which assumes that the first atomic bomb had not performed as it did...

Books Monthly

It was a good book and had some interesting possible scenarios throughout.

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The History Fella

Well written and accurate on the timeline of events this book was based on. Recommended.

NetGalley, Lisa Konet

About Jim Mangi

After somewhat accidentally volunteering for, and serving in Vietnam, JIM MANGI earned a PhD in ecology and spent 40 years in the professional “What If?” business. The consulting firm he built traced the effects of planned projects on the environment and communities. Besides civil projects like power plants and factories, he worked on military projects ranging from battle tanks, to combat aircraft, to ICBM’s and space vehicles, some of which he can talk about. Jim now lives in Michigan, USA where he chairs Dementia Friendly Saline and is a caregiver for his wife.

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