Hiroshima bronze horse

This bronze horse is a remarkable survivor from the ashes of destruction of Hiroshima.

Hiroshima bronze horse

It belonged to the current owner’s father. In the aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing, he was part of a Royal Navy crew that, with the permission of the Japanese Government, were breaking into the Japanese bank vaults to remove the currency and bullion to a safe place before it was looted.

 

This bronze was found in the rubble on one of Hiroshima’s streets after the atom bomb was dropped. Its owner is unlikely to have survived. It is a priceless and moving reminder of those countless tens of thousands who were lost and, understandably, its owner is not interested in its financial value.

 



Did you know? The Hiroshima bomb contained the equivalent of nearly 15,000 tons of TNT. It devastated an area of five square miles and destroyed more than 60% of the buildings in the city.

 

Did you know? Official Japanese figures at the time put the death toll of the Hiroshima bomb at 118,661 civilians.

 

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