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Manhattan Project is the main article in the History of the Manhattan Project series, a featured topic. This is identified as among the best series of articles produced by the Wikipedia community. If you can update or improve it, please do so.
This article appeared on Wikipedia's Main Page as Today's featured article on July 16, 2013.
On this day... Article milestones
December 11, 2010Good article nomineeListed
January 27, 2011WikiProject A-class reviewNot approved
March 18, 2011WikiProject A-class reviewApproved
August 23, 2011Featured article candidatePromoted
July 16, 2013Today's featured articleMain Page
December 21, 2016Good topic candidateNot promoted
May 29, 2018Featured topic candidatePromoted
On this day... Facts from this article were featured on Wikipedia's Main Page in the "On this day..." column on December 2, 2004, December 2, 2005, December 2, 2006, December 2, 2007, August 13, 2011, August 13, 2012, and August 13, 2015.
Current status: Featured article
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Q1: Why are Canada and Britain listed in the infobox? Wasn't the Manhattan Project an all-American effort?
A1: No, the Manhattan Project was a multinational effort, controlled by the United States, Britain and Canada.
Q2: Weren't other countries involved? Why aren't they listed too?
A2: Other countries were involved. There were many individuals from many countries. Especially notable contributions were made by Niels Bohr (Denmark) and Marcus Oliphant (Australia). The flags in the infobox refer to the governance of the project, which was by the United States, Britain and Canada.
Q3: Is it worth noting that Canada had such a role?
A3: Yes. This had important consequences in the post-war period.
Q4: Wasn't Robert Oppenheimer the head of the Manhattan Project?
A4: No, Major General Leslie R. Groves, Jr., was the director of the Manhattan Project. Oppenheimer was the director of the Los Alamos Laboratory.
Q5: Wasn't Oppenheimer Groves' chief scientific advisor?
A5: No, Richard Tolman was Groves' chief scientific advisor. Oppenheimer was the director of the Los Alamos Laboratory.
Q6: Why is Kenneth Nichols listed as the commander of the Manhattan District? Wasn't Groves in command of the Manhattan District?
A6: No, Groves was director of the Manhattan Project; The Manhattan District was commanded by Colonel James C. Marshall until 1943, and then by Nichols.
Q7: Weren't the Manhattan Project and the Manhattan District the same thing?
A7: No, they were two separate entities. Check out the organization chart in the article.
Q8: Wasn't the sleeve patch worn only by WACs?
A8: No. have a look at the picture of the presentation of the Army–Navy "E" Award at Los Alamos on 16 October 1945. Nichols and Groves are wearing it.
Q9: Why is the district listed as participating in campaigns in the European theater?
A9: This refers to the activities of the Alsos Mission, which was part of the project.
A10: This refers to the activities of Project Alberta. Manhattan Project personnel, including Captain William S. Parsons were on board the aircraft which carried out the missions.

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Consent to bombingEdit

'Part of the Quebec Agreement specified that nuclear weapons would not be used against another country without mutual consent.' The 'mutual consent' in question was presumably the agreemnt among the bombers not between the bombers and the (to be) bombed (Pamour (talk) 16:08, 23 August 2020 (UTC)).

I think it is clear from the context that the mutual consent referred to is between the US and UK, but added words to that effect. This became controversial in the post-war period when Congress discovered that the UK had a veto over the use of nuclear weapons. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 20:59, 23 August 2020 (UTC)

Infobox title "Manhattan District"Edit

Seeing this article from the perspective of someone that did not knew the fact that it is code-named something along the lines of "project Manhattan District", that seemed like an odd and inappropriate name to put over the picture of the trinity bomb fireball. Now that I know it, it does not seem too good and obvious to me either. Wouldn't it be more appropriate for the title to read:

project "Manhattan District"

with the parentheses. — Preceding unsigned comment added by ShadowBee (talkcontribs) 10:42, 29 September 2020 (UTC)

The infobox refers to the Manhattan District, which was the official name of the military unit; the Manhattan Project was the name of the project. See the article for details. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 19:24, 29 September 2020 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 12 October 2020Edit

The Canadian flag represented is wrong it a maple leaf with red border and white center. (talk) 17:12, 12 October 2020 (UTC)

Done! Netherzone (talk) 17:19, 12 October 2020 (UTC)
The Canadian flag was correct. It was the flag at the time. The maple leaf flag was not adopted until 1965. See MOS:FLAGS: Use historical flags in contexts where the difference matters. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 19:20, 12 October 2020 (UTC)
Thanks for catching that Hawkeye7. Netherzone (talk) 19:23, 12 October 2020 (UTC)

U.S. Declared War on GermanyEdit

In fact, Hitler declared war on the United States a few days after Pearl Harbor.

Ref: — Preceding unsigned comment added by Hsdonnelly (talkcontribs) 18:03, 16 October 2020 (UTC)

Under the Constitution of the United States, only Congress gets to declare war. Other countries can declare war on the US all they like, but only a law passed by Congress makes it official. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 21:51, 16 October 2020 (UTC)
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