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After the US dropped nuclear weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, they had no more bombs ready to go, and would have taken at least 12 days to prepare, ship and deliver to its target.

Of course Japan didn't know that.

>>>Of course Japan didn't know that.

Neither did the Russians. I've repeatedly read that dropping the 2nd bomb on Nagasaki was partly to make Stalin think we had the ability to mass-produce these weapons and it wasn't just a one-off capability, in order to deter any Soviet conventional military aggression. The RKKA was overwhelmingly the largest and most capable land army in 1945.

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