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War's End: An Eyewitness Account of America's Last Atomic Mission

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War's End: An Eyewitness Account of America's Last Atomic Mission

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On August 9, 1945, on the tiny island of Tinian in the South Pacific, a twenty-five-year-old American Army Air Corps major named Charles W. Sweeney climbed aboard a B-29 Superfortress in command of his first combat mission, one devised specifically to bring a long and terrible war to a necessary conclusion. In the belly of his bomber, Bock's Car, was a newly developed, fully armed weapon that had never been tested in a combat situation. It was a weapon capable of a level of destruction never before dreamed of in the history of the human race, a bomb whose terrifying aftershock would ultimately determine the direction of the twentieth century and change the world forever.
The last military officer to command an atomic mission, Major General Charles W. Sweeney has the unique distinction of having been an integral part of both the Hiroshima and the Nagasaki bombing runs. Now updated with a new epilogue from the co-author, his book is an extraordinary chronicle of the months of careful planning and training; the setbacks, secrecy, and snafus; and the nerve-shattering final seconds and the astonishing aftermath of what is arguably the most significant single event in modern history: the employment of an atomic weapon during wartime.

Major General Charles W. Sweeney, USAF entered military service on April 28, 1941 as an Army Air Corps aviation cadet. He was awarded the Silver Star for piloting the atomic bomb drop on Nagasaki and retired from the military in 1976 with the rank of major general. General Sweeney died in 2004. James A. Antonucci is a graduate of Boston College and Suffolk University Law School and a former Assistant District Attorney for Suffolk (Boston) County, MA. He is presently practicing law in the metropolitan Boston area and living in Marblehead, MA. Marion K. Antonucci was a schoolteacher and speechwriter for Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis, and served as assistant to Boston University president John R. Silber. Marion died in 2005 and is survived by her husband James.

ISBN: 9781510724723

ISBN-10: 9781510724723

Publisher: Skyhorse

Publication Date: 09/25/2018 - 12:00am

On Sale: 09/25/2018 - 12:00am

Pages: 320

Language: English


History / Military / World War II

Biography & Autobiography / Military

History / Military / Aviation

History / Military / Nuclear Warfare

History / Asia / Japan