WWII TIMETOAST TIMELINE

  • GERMANY INVADES POLAND

    GERMANY INVADES POLAND
    The German and Soviet invasion marked the start of the World War II. It began on September 1, 1939 and ended October 6, 1939. The Germans gained a decisive victory.
  • PEACE GATHERING IN PITTSBURGH

    PEACE GATHERING IN PITTSBURGH
    Thousands of people attended the county fair, joined in a peace demonstration when Great Britain declared war on Germany. They all came together from all different areas to proclaim their happiness
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  • INDUSTRIAL MEMBERS MEETING IN PITTSBURGH

    INDUSTRIAL MEMBERS MEETING IN PITTSBURGH
    Industrial leaders me with public officials on this date. The plan was the mobilization of Pittsburgh District resources for the nations defense.
  • FRANCE SURRENDERS TO GERMANY

    FRANCE SURRENDERS TO GERMANY
    On June 22, 1940 Nazi Germany and France signed an armistice. This divided France into different sections. The Axis Powers split up the land.
  • JAPANESE ATTACK ON PEARL HARBOR

    JAPANESE ATTACK ON PEARL HARBOR
    The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Following the incident the United States declared war on Japan. It was a Japanese major tactical victory.
  • SHOCKED OVER PEARL HARBOR

    SHOCKED OVER PEARL HARBOR
    Pittsburgh was in complete shock after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Pittsburgh did not expect the attack as most of the United States didn't.
  • BATTLE OF MIDWAY

    BATTLE OF MIDWAY
    The United States Navy led an attack on the Japanese Fleet. It was the most decisive blow in the history of naval warfare. The United States came up with a victory.
  • ARMY SHOW

    ARMY SHOW
    The Army Show was given at Pitt Stadium. The Army showed off many of there features.
  • THE BATTLE OF STALINGRAD

    THE BATTLE OF STALINGRAD
    The Battle of Stalingrad began on July 17, 1942 and lasted until February 2, 1943. In the battle, Germany and its Allies fought against the Soviet Union for the city of Stalingrad in southwestern Russia. The Soviet Union ended up coming on top during the long fought grueling battle.
  • UNITED STEEL WORKERS COMMITTEE

    UNITED STEEL WORKERS COMMITTEE
    The United Steel Workers committee held a meeting at the William Penn Hotel.They accepted a 44 cents-a-day increase.
  • D DAY

    D DAY
    The Normandy Landings were operations run by the Allies. There was two parts: an air assualt landing 24,000 Allied troops and they fought against the Germans. The Allies came away with a victory.
  • NON-STRIKE PLEDGE

    NON-STRIKE PLEDGE
    A massive rally was held outside the East Pittsburgh plant. 20,000 employees of Westignhouse reaffirmed a nonstrike pledge for the length of the war.
  • FRONTLINE MONEY

    FRONTLINE MONEY
    With war contracts completed the Pittsburgh district plants totaled $903,398,644. $322,000,000 would be delivered to the front lines.
  • ALLIES LIBERATE PARIS

    ALLIES LIBERATE PARIS
    The Battle of Paris took place from August 19, 1944 to August 25, 1944. The battle was the last battle for the Campaign for Normandy. It was a decisive Allie victory.
  • DROP IN VALUE

    DROP IN VALUE
    Pittsburgh realty values dropped to $980,000,000. That was their lowest point in 25 years.
  • BATTLE OF BULGE

    BATTLE OF BULGE
    The Battle of Bulge started on December 16, 1944 and ended on January 25, 1945. The battle took place in Belguim. The battle was fought between The Allies and Germany. The Allied Powers came away with a victory.
  • BATTLE OF IWO JIMA

    BATTLE OF IWO JIMA
    The Battle of Iwo Jima took place on February 19, 1945 and ended on March 26, 1945. In the battle the United States captured Iwo Jima from Japan. It was some of the fiercest fighting in the war.
  • PRODUCTION LOSSES

    PRODUCTION LOSSES
    Heavy production losses resulted and 25,000 persons in industry were idled by swollen rivers which rose to a crest of 33.4 feet.
  • FDR DIES, TRUMAN BECOMES PRESIDENT

    FDR DIES, TRUMAN BECOMES PRESIDENT
    Franklin Delano Roosevelt died on April 12, 1945 at 3:35 p.m. In March of 1945, FDR sent a very strongly worded message to Josef Stalin writing that Stalin broke the Yalta commitment. Before Frankin Roosevelt died he claimed that he was having pain in the back of his head. He eventually died of a cerebral hemorrhage (stroke).
  • MOURNING FOR FDR

    MOURNING FOR FDR
    The city and county governments, business, schools, and all other activities were suspended, all churches scheduled special prayer services in mourning for President Roosevelt.
  • HITLER COMMITS SUICIDE

    HITLER COMMITS SUICIDE
    Hitler commited suicide by shooting himself in the temple. His wife also commited suicide at the same time by drinking poison. He killed himself around 2:30 p.m.
  • HITLER IS DEAD

    HITLER IS DEAD
    Pittsburgh and many other cities rejoice that Hitler is now dead. They realize that the war is almost over.
  • VE DAY

    VE DAY
    This day is nicknamed for the Victory in Europe Day. On May 8, 1945 the Allies accpeted the surrender of Nazi Germany. The act of the military surrender took place on May 7 in France.
  • RETURNING HOME

    RETURNING HOME
    One hundred thousand people turned out to extend a hero's welcome to 64 officers and enlisted men returning home from the war.
  • ATOMIC BOMB DROPPED ON HIROSHIMA

    ATOMIC BOMB DROPPED ON HIROSHIMA
    Due to Japan ignoring the Potsdam Declaration, the United States bombed Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. The bombing killed between 90,000--166,000 people. This was the first time nuclear weapons were used.
  • TOUR OF STEEL MILLS

    TOUR OF STEEL MILLS
    Russian labor leaders arrived to tour the district's steel mills.
  • ATOMIC BOMB DROPPED ON NAGASAKI

    ATOMIC BOMB DROPPED ON NAGASAKI
    Three days after the bombing of Hiroshima, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city of Nagasaki. During the bombing about 70,000 people died. This was one of two instances in which nuclear weapons were used during the War.
  • THE FINAL STRAW

    THE FINAL STRAW
    The bombing of Nagasaki brought about many speculations in Pittsburgh that the war was soon to be over. As you see this came true.
  • SURRENDER OF JAPAN

    SURRENDER OF JAPAN
    The city was jubilant over the surrender of Japan. The city was joyous about the victory.
  • VJ DAY

    VJ DAY
    VJ DAY is the nickname for the day Japan surrendered. This event ended World War II.