Some Dump - And Such A Waste
…The one-time city’s streets and roads had been cleared, displaying a gridiron of rubble-filled enclosures. Flatness spread across the field of vision with the exception of the easily recognisable skeleton-domed structure, preserved for posterity as memorial to that fateful event.
For ourselves at the time, all we could do was wander around the barrenness. Each pathway was much as another. Each angle of sight presented the same prospect of desolation and destruction. Amongst that dilapidation we discovered what had once been an engineering works with, by then, its machinery remains rusted over, yet still bearing that famous logo ‘Made in England’. There were no people around, no wildlife. We seemed to be the only wanderers in that man-made wilderness….
Tom Hellawell, nearing the end of his service in the Royal Navy, visited Hiroshima, one year after an atomic bomb was dropped on the city.