DESIGN FOR PEACE Surrender of Japan & aftermath of war Release Date: May 3, 1953 ... (Episode #26) The last episode in this award-winning historical documentary starts with the Atomic Age. Two bombs were dropped on two of Japan’s largest industrial cities. First at 8:16am on August 16, 1945, the “Big-Boy” bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. 78,000 Japanese perish. Three days later, the second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki with 24,000 more killed. Japan surrenders unconditionally. In early September, Allied ships from all over the world sail into Tokyo Bay for one last mission; the finalization of Japan’s surrender to the Allied powers. First a token landing by the 2nd Battalion of the 4th Marines, the same troops that were wiped out in Bataan, test the Japanese resistance. There is none. Japan surrenders completely and over 1 million American soldiers are spared. On Sept. 2, 1945, abroad the battleship USS Missouri, the formal surrender of the Japanese empire is completed with the Japanese leaders including Emperor Hirohito. Admiral Halsey sends one final message throughout the fleet, “Cease Fire. Cease Fire. The War Is Over.” He also adds, “Well Done!” The occupation now begins. For everybody else, the sailors, soldiers, marines, and the victors are all headed home. The Allied powers prevailed in the greatest war of all. And in all the Allied lands, there is one last victory parade. A parade for all those, who marched into battle to fight against tyranny and helped liberate those who were suppressed by the Axis powers. One last parade for those who had conquered.