Atomic Bomb (5/13)

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Considering that the atomic bomb was first developed and used during World War II, it simply has to be included in this list. It was also the weapon that effectively ended World War II as Japan surrendered right after (although the Soviet Union invading Manchuria was also a significant factor). Over two hundred thousand people perished instantly when the bombs went off, and hundreds of thousands of more died afterwards from radiation sickness. The Allies justified the use of the bombs, claiming that they saved millions of lives over the long run, as an invasion of the Japanese islands was the only alternative.

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