Building demolition works were conducted to create firebreaks to prevent fires from spreading by demolishing buildings, in preparation for intensified air raids in urban areas.
In Hiroshima City, building demolition works were initiated in November 1944. In August 1945, the 6th Building Demolition Works was conducted, for which members of the volunteer citizen corps and junior high school students were mobilized in great numbers.
Building demolition works
Along the present-day Peace Boulevard, the central part of Hiroshima City, which became the center of Hiroshima City’s air defense system during the war, houses were rapidly being demolished under the consensus of military personnel, bureaucrats and civilians. Dropping the A-bomb on Hiroshima destroyed precious human lives and hurt many people.
Mobilization Status in Major Building Demolition Worksites
Mobilization Orders for Volunteer Citizen Corps Members (replica)
The commander of Saeki County Association Volunteer Citizen Corps ordered the commanders of Hatsukaichi-cho Volunteer Citizen Corps and Miyauchi-mura Volunteer Citizen Corps to mobilize for building demolition in the Koami-cho District as of July 28, 1945.