14 March 2018
Primary Source Analysis
1. The name of the document is a Memorandum from the Office of Scientific Research and Development, to Secretary of War. This document was written by Vannevar Bush and James B. Conant. Vannevar Bush headed the U.S Office of Scientific Research during World War 2. James B. Conant took part in the National Defense Research Committee who aided in developing the first atomic bombs. This document was written on September 30, 1944.
2. My primary source focuses on the future international handling of atomic bombs to obtain future peace of this world. The purpose of this document was to showcase the new discovery of a new potential bomb that is far deadlier than any current bomb and suggests that it’s of great importance to further this development to bring World War 2 to an end. The atomic bombs would contain 10,000 tons of explosives, 10 times greater than the B-29 bombs which clocked in at 1,000 tons of explosives. The document was written with the intent of wanting to develop a weapon to end the war with the advantage they have over the Axis Powers. Considering the date this document was written, the people who wrote this document has this feeling that this new potential weapon could bring about peace between both sides. By developing a weapon that the Axis have yet to discover, it would ultimately strike fear into them. Thus,...