Haunting images have been released showing the immediate aftermath of the American atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima 70 years ago today.
Horrifically injured locals are pictured wandering along flattened streets strewn with corpses in the western Japanese city only hours after the nuclear bomb, nicknamed ‘Little Boy’, was dropped.
Radiation in the city was so intense that everybody pictured in the chilling images would have died of exposure poisoning in the weeks, months and years that followed the August 6, 1945 attack.
As Japan today commemorates the loss of 140,000 people killed in the initial blast, as well the countless numbers who died later, the incredibly rare images have now gone on display together for the first time at Scotland’s Secret Bunker museum in a small town in Fife.
The unknown photographer is believed to have died shortly before his camera went on sale, as nobody could have survived the radiation levels in the area so soon after the bombing. The collection of photographs were discovered 10 years ago, but their display at Scotland’s Secret Bunker museum is believed to be the first time they have been shown together.
The haunting photographs are thought to have been taken shortly after the attack, 70 years ago today(Top) Wrapped in bloodied bandages, families pose for photographs seemingly unaware that they’ll almost certainly have been exposed to fatal levels of radiation poisoning in the aftermath of the blast. (Bottom) Injured locals walk along streets strewn with corpses
Hardly any buildings in Hiroshima were left standing after the massive atomic bomb blastWrapped in bloodied bandages, a Japanese mother cradles and breastfeeds her injured baby‘Little Boy’ – the first atomic bomb one used at war – killed 140,000 people in Hiroshima (pictured). A second bomb ‘Fat Man,’ dropped over Nagasaki three days later, killed another 70,000