I think everyone had made some very good points here. Although as far as the Japanese surrender due entirely to the continuous fire bombing and nuclear bombs is just not the case. When the first nuclear bomb was dropped the emporer and most of the government didn't even hear about for many hours afterwards. Due to all the methods of communication that were destroyed, and when they did they weren't able to fully grasp the destruction and aftermath. To them the casualties were just the same as many of the fire bombing raids and in some cases less. But the Japanese didn't even come to the negotiating table until the Soviet invasion of Manchuria. I just feel that this needs to be stated because it usually is undermined by the first nuclear bombs ever dropped. And I feel this played just as much if not more into the surrender of the Japanese in 1945.