Did Churchill and King need the atom bomb even more than Truman did?

Update:

The conscription crises was ripping Canada apart. The UK was completely exhausted. It was the US that could have endured intact if the war continued into 1946 or 1947. 

Update 2:

Camillien Houde being sent to Dorchester pen suggests the conscription problem was serious. 

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  • 1 month ago
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    Not really.  Conscription was a big deal in Canada, but, not as much as you might think, e.g., no conscriptees were ever sent overseas to fight.  The UK was getting exhausted, but was much better off after VE day, and with the possibility of continued improvements, even while fighting Japan. 

    All three countries agreed that the use of atomic weapons against Japan was warranted - to bring the war to an end.  No one country "needed" it more than the others.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    The first use of the A-Bomb on an enemy was an automatic game changer unlike any weapon in history. Whoever got it first was going to use it. Threatening to use it didn't get surrender f/ Japan.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    I am very glad they did not A-bomb Germany. It would have been too much. The hypocrisy from the allies was absurd.

  • xyzzy
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    1 month ago

    The total and unconditional surrender in Europe was signed on 7 and 8 May, to be effective by the end of 8 May. The Trinity Test did not happen until July 16, 1945 so there was no atomic bomb when Germany surrendered.

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  • Kieth
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    1 month ago

    German soldiers would surrender, in the final days, many did. Still, if they could have popped Berlin with one before the invasion of Russia, it would have been over.

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