Nuclear weapon of the "Little Boy" type, the kind detonated over Hiroshima, Japan, on 6 August 1944. The bomb weighed about 9,000 pounds and had a yield equivalent to approximately 20,000 tons of high explosive (NH-123862).
Nuclear weapon of the "Fat Man" type, the kind detonated over Nagasaki, Japan, on 9 August 1945. The bomb weighed about 10,000 pounds and had a yield equivalent to approximately 20,000 tons of high explosive (NH-123863).
Hiroshima, September 1945: A Japanese soldier walks through the atomic bomb-leveled city (80-G-473733).
Nagasaki in September 1945, showing atomic bomb damage. This view is very near ground zero (NH-66152).
Garden at Hiroshima, Autumn," painting, watercolor on paper, Standish Backus, 1946 (99-186-AJ).
Japanese prisoners of war held on Guam stand with heads bowed after listening to Emperor Hirohito announce Japan's acceptance of Allied surrender terms, 15 August 1945 (80-G-490320).
Ships in Leyte Gulf, Philippines, firing pyrotechnic flares to celebrate the news that Japan had accepted Allied terms, 15 August 1945 (NH-62594).
Sailors at Naval Air Station, Beaufort, South Carolina, listen to a radio broadcast of news of Japan's surrender, 14 August 1945 (EST) (80-G-332968).
A sailor and a woman celebrating the announcement of Japan's surrender in Washington, DC, 14 August 1945 (EST) (80-G-377106).
The surrender document signed in Tokyo Bay on 2 September 1945 is presented to President Harry S. Truman by Colonel Bernard Thielen on 7 September. Also present are (left to right): Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal; Secretary of War Henry Stimson; General George C. Marshall; Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King; Acting Secretary of State Dean Acheson; General A. A. Vandegrift, USMC; Fleet Admiral William D. Leahy; and Lieutenant General Ira Eaker. Colonel Thielen had escorted the document during its flight from Japan (80-G-700890).
A Japanese prisoner of war on Guam breaks down after hearing Emperor Hirohito's surrender broadcast, 15 August 1945 (80-G-490317).
Men of the 22nd Special Naval Construction Battalion listen as news of the Japanese surrender comes in on the radio, Naval Amphibious Base, Manus, Admiralty Islands (80-G-338464).
Sailors and their companions celebrate VJ-Day, Washington, DC, 14 August 1945 (EST) (80-G-377103).
Japanese military and civilian envoys wait to board a USAAF C-54 aircraft at Ie Shima airfield, Ryukyu Islands, 19 August 1945. The delegation had come to Ie Shima from Japan in specially marked aircraft, en route to General MacArthur's headquarters in Manila to receive instructions concerning surrender and occupation arrangements. The officer in the center foreground is the delegation's head, Lieutenant General Torashiro Kawabe, deputy chief of the Japanese army general staff (NH-62866).