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Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Photos from the apocalypse: US soldier's haunting images of Hiroshima after 1945 atomic bomb and pot pulled from the ashes are set to fetch £1,200

  • Small porcelain pot with molten glass attached from blast is set to be auctioned off as part of a collection 
  • Glass has a melting point of around 1,000F, which highlights the intense heat of the Hiroshima atomic bomb 
Haunting photos snapped by an American GI show the devastating aftermath of the 1945 atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. 
The photographs, which show the desolate cityscape in the wake of the nuclear blast, are heading to auction along with a porcelain pot, which had glass melted to the side of it by the furious heat of the explosion.
The black and white images depict an apocalyptic landscape, with buildings completely flattened and the surrounding area virtually deserted.
Around of dozen pictures taken from around the city following the blast are included in the collection, which is expected to fetch up to £1,200 when they go to auction on August 11 in Devizes, Wiltshire.
The small jar was picked up by an Allied soldier in the weeks shortly after the atomic bomb completely obliterated the Japanese city in 1945.
Glass typically melts at temperatures of at least 1,000F (538C), which only highlights the horrific ordeal which killed 150,000 people.
Buildings were left completely flattened by the atomic bomb blast, which is estimated to have killed around 150,000 people
Buildings were left completely flattened by the atomic bomb blast, which is estimated to have killed around 150,000 people
Pictures taken shortly after the blast in Hiroshima are also set to go to auction. The lots are expected to fetch as much as £1,200
Pictures taken shortly after the blast in Hiroshima are also set to go to auction. The lots are expected to fetch as much as £1,200
The porcelain jar remains intact, as the material has a melting point of well above 3,000F (1649C).
The lot is one of a number of items that belonged to the late David Gainsborough-Roberts, from Jersey, that is being sold at auction.  
Hiroshima was bombed on August 6, 1945 and was shortly followed by the bombing of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945, which killed an estimated 80,000. 
This aerial view shows the damage caused by the blast as only a few buildings remains standing following the bomb attack, which was launched by America
This aerial view shows the damage caused by the blast as only a few buildings remains standing following the bomb attack, which was launched by America
Virtually no-one is in sight and rubble remains strewn across the ground following the bomb blast. A single tree, which has all its leaves taken off, remains standing 
Virtually no-one is in sight and rubble remains strewn across the ground following the bomb blast. A single tree, which has all its leaves taken off, remains standing 
A porcelain pot with molten glass melted onto the side of caused by the Hiroshima atomic bomb is just one of the relics from the disaster set to go to auction
A porcelain pot with molten glass melted onto the side of caused by the Hiroshima atomic bomb is just one of the relics from the disaster set to go to auction
Towards the outer edge of the bomb blast radius, some buildings are still standing although it appears that the windows and other parts of the building have been blown off the blast
Towards the outer edge of the bomb blast radius, some buildings are still standing although it appears that the windows and other parts of the building have been blown off the blast
A picture of one of the rivers in Hiroshima, which undoubtely would have been badly polluted following the bomb blast. The attack on Hiroshima took place on August 6. By August 15, Japan had surrounded to the allied forces
A picture of one of the rivers in Hiroshima, which undoubtely would have been badly polluted following the bomb blast. The attack on Hiroshima took place on August 6. By August 15, Japan had surrended to the allied force
On August 15, 1945, Japan surrender to allied forces which effectively brought about the end of the war. 
The legal ramifications of the bombings are still debated to this day, but America claim it helped hasten Japan's decision to surrender.
Critics claim it was simply a matter of time before Japanese forces gave up, as Germany had issued their surrender to allied forces months earlier on May 8, 1945.
Andrew Aldridge, of Henry Aldridge and Son of Devizes, Wilts, said: 'This pot shows the horrific, raw power the Atomic bomb created.
Hiroshima was bombed on August 6, 1945 and was shortly followed by the bombing of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945, which killed an estimated 80,000. The extent of the damage is shown above, as the internal structure of this building is completely mangled 
Hiroshima was bombed on August 6, 1945 and was shortly followed by the bombing of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945, which killed an estimated 80,000. The extent of the damage is shown above, as the internal structure of this building is completely mangled 
Very few people were present following the bombing in August 1945. The area was deserted, but these images show a number of people walking around the rubble
Very few people were present following the bombing in August 1945. The area was deserted, but these images show a number of people walking around the rubble
'The glass stuck to the side of it had melted to goo and was flung towards the pot and solidified.
'When you think that glass melts at temperatures of 1,000F, it gives you some idea of the intense heat the bomb caused.
'The photographs of Hiroshima are very apocalyptic and virtually everything in them flattened.
'They have come to us from the estate of David Gainsborough-Roberts who was one of Europe's leading collectors of the eclectic.' 

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