Hiroshima: BBC History of World War II

Released 2005


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Paul Wilmshurst
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Hiroshima: BBC History of World War II is a historical documentary directed by Paul Wilmshurst that centers on the historical moment of the world's first nuclear attack, from the creation and testing to the ultimate bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Set in the weeks leading up to the bombing in 1944, John Hurt narrates a dramatized re-enactment of a few of the events as it was set into three distinct focuses. Highlighting the science behind the bomb, discover the science of a nuclear bomb as viewers are given an up close look at the inner workings of a combat style atomic bomb from plugs to sheets of metal as well as its tested end results during the Trinity tests. The documentary then turns to show the crew of the Enola Gay who knew little of what kind of cargo they carried as well as the government heads set to determine the political ramifications of dropping the first ever nuclear weapon on Japan. The most devastating aspect of the documentary is the depiction of the aftermath with the decimation of the city of Hiroshima, from the drop to the nuclear fallout that decimated the city as survivors struggled to remain alive with burns and melted skin as radiated rain fell from the sky. A poignant and somewhat heart wrenching look at the ultimate struggles stemming from one of history's most catastrophic and forever debated moments.moreless

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Documentary, Drama


History, Military & War