30 Sep '17, 1pm
Australian WWII POWs in Japanese captivity - Singapore, 1945 (colourised) via /r/pics
Ok moron, let me spell this out. In 1945, the US had taken back pretty much all of the Pacific, with the Japanese home islands left. To end the war, we could have invaded the island in what was already planned out as Operation Downfall. This would not have been like an invasion in Europe, where civilians would largely evacuate and overwhelmed forces would surrender. It was expected that almost everyone would be fighting, even women and children with sharpened bamboo. This whole operation was estimated to cost 400k-800k American lives and 5-10 MILLION Japanese lives. So instead, we dropped two very large bombs and ended the war. So now, we've saved millions of lives, with much less death than the rest of the war's bombing campaigns. And as a side effect Russia, who was at this point eyeballing Japan from the west, was also prevented from annexing any part of the country.