AWM 043863

A cloud of smoke over a city caused by the dropping of a nuclear bomb.

A mushroom cloud rises over the Japanese city of Hiroshima after the dropping of an atomic bomb, 6 August 1945. On 9 August, another atom bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki. The destruction of these cities caused the Japanese government to open serious negotiations to end the war. An Australian prisoner of war, Gunner Colin Finkemayer, 4th Anti-Tank Regiment, watched the destruction of Nagasaki: ... it was just a big cloud of smoke billowing over the horizon. It was billowing orange and white. Like a big cauliflower ... Nagasaki has got it, whose turn next? [Colin Finkemayer, Australians at War Film Archive] AWM 043863

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