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US Air Force Colonel Paul Tibbets waves from the cockpit of the B-29 bomber Enola Gay in the early hours of 6 August 1945. He’s about to fly the aircraft – named after his mother – to the Japanese city of Hiroshima, where his crew will drop the first atomic bomb. Co-pilot Robert A Lewis was in disbelief after watching the explosion: “We saw the entire city disappear… I wrote in my log, ‘My God, what have we done?’” When asked years later if he had any regrets, Tibbets was unequivocal: “I wouldn’t hesitate if I had the choice. I’d wipe ‘em out.”

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In this month's issue… Everything you ever wanted to know about castles The complete story of the greatest emblem of the medieval age: how they evolved from simple forts into impregnable bastions, how they were built without modern machinery and how you could break into one. Plus: the Women's Liberation Movement; the peasant who became Japan's second great unifier; top 10 ancient board games; the football match that sparked a war; and a graphic guide to London Zoo's most famous residents.