Denver Association
of Division Order Analysts

DADOA Lunch & Learn: Putting the Atomic Bombs into the Context of the Last Year of the War in the Pacific

  • 24 Sep 2013
  • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • EnCana, 370 17th St., 40th Floor Castle/Pyramid Training Rooms
  • 82


Please join DADOA for a Lunch & Learn with David Barrett, Historian and Founder of One With History, Inc. David presented for DADOA last year and is back by popular demand!

Putting the Atomic Bombs into the Context of the Last Year of the War in the Pacific

The use of the atomic bomb by the United States in the final days of World War II remains one of the most controversial events of the twentieth century. For many people, their awareness of these attacks may be little more than a knowledge of the names of the cities victimized, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and they may be tempted, nearly seventy years after the fact, to view the employment of “the  bomb” as an act of state sponsored terrorism.

The problem with this perspective is that it sees the utilization of the atomic bombs as isolated incidents in time rather than within their historic framework. Thus, before the use of the bomb can be critically evaluated, it must be seen from within the fabric of the events and the decisions surrounding it. We will focus our attention on the final and bloodiest year of the Pacific War and three other important issues: unconditional surrender, the Japanese government, and Japan’s war strategy.

There is no charge, but registration is required because space is limited. This event is open to non-members, too, so feel free to invite your friends and co-workers.

We will start promptly at 11:30. Please arrive a few minutes early to check in. You are welcome to bring a lunch, keeping in mind that we will not have room for tables.

Any questions can be directed to Cori Peth at


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