• Germany invades Poland

    Germany invades Poland
    Germany invaded Poland from the north, south, and west, When the Germany forces came close to the bases in Poland by the border, the polish army retreated to make a strong better line. It ended October 6th 1939 with Germany and the Soviet Union dividing and annexing Poland.
  • Great Britain declaring war on Germany, what happened in Pittsburgh

    Great Britain declaring war on Germany, what happened 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 pleaces to stand up for what they wanted.
  • Mobilization of Pittsburgh district resources

    Mobilization of Pittsburgh district resources
    Industrial leaders met with public officials to plan mobilization of Pittsburgh district resources. They did this so they could meet the nation's $5,000,000,000 defense programs quota.
  • France Surrenders to Germany

    France Surrenders to Germany
    Hitler unleashed his blitzkrieg invasion on France on May 10, 1940. An Armistice was signed on June 22, which said, two thirds of France was to be occupied by the Germans and the French army is to be destroyed.
  • Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor

    Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor
    This was a surprise attack on the U.S. navy base pearl harbor by the Japanese imperial airforce. The next day the United States declared war on Japan and the U.S. was officially brought into World War II
  • Volenteering into the army

    Volenteering into the army
    More than 1,200 men in Pittsburgh volunteered for the army in one day. They all did this because they wanted to get back at Japan for what they did in Pearl Harbor.
  • The Battle of Midway

    The Battle of Midway
    This date is know as the most important naval battle of the Pacific Campaign of WWII. The United States Navy brutally defeated an Imperial Japanese Navy attack against Midway Atoll.
  • Blackout

    On this day, pittsburgh practiced its first "blackout." All night long, hundreds of thousands of citizens lived under "raid" conditions.
  • The battle of Stalingrad

    The battle of Stalingrad
    It was a major battle of World War II in which the axis powers fought the Soviet Union to take over Stalingrad, a city in southwestern Russia. The battle's outcome was horrible for Germany and the axis powers. This battle marked the turning point in the war.
  • Wage Increase

    Wage Increase
    On this day, United Steel Workers' wage policy committee, met in the William Penn Hotel, where they accepted a 44-cents-a-day wage increase. The wage increase went from the War Labor Board to employees of "Little Steel" firms.
  • DDay

    On this day, 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline. They did this to fight Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France.
  • Westinghouse

    On this day, a rally formed outside the East Pittsburgh plant. Where 20,000 employees of Westinghouse aproved a no-strike pledge for the rest of the war.
  • Money and Supplies to the front line

    Money and Supplies to the front line
    A survey showed that Pittsburgh district plants totaled $903,398,644 sent into the war. With $322,000,000 of it delivered to the front lines of the war.
  • Allies Liberate(free) Paris

    Allies Liberate(free) Paris
    The capital region of France had been taken over by Nazi Germany since the Second Compaign in June 1940 when Germany occupied the north and west of France. The Liberation started when the French Resistance started an uprising against teh German Paris garrison. It ended on August 25, 1944.
  • Battle of the Bulge

    Battle of the Bulge
    This was a major German offensive that took place towards the end of World War II through the forested Ardennes Mountains region of Wallonia in Belgium. This German offensive was named the Ardennes-Alsace campaign by the U.S. Army, but in england it was just known as the battle of the bulge.
  • Re-election

    On this day in Pittsburgh, Harry Truman, Democratic nominee for vice-president, called for the re-election of President Roosevelt. He did this at Syria Mosque.
  • Cheif Engineer

    Cheif Engineer
    Park H. Martin, chief engineer of the County Works Department, made the county's long-range planning program in 1936. On this day he was appointed executive director of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development. This shows signifcance to the war because the engineer was incarge of the steel production for the war.
  • Battle of Iwo Jima

    Battle of Iwo Jima
    In this battle, the United States wanted to capture the Japanese city of Iwo Jima. The main target in Iwo Jima that they wanted was the 2 airfeilds.
  • FDR's death, Truman becomes president

    FDR's death, Truman becomes president
    Franklin D. Roosevelt suffered a massive cerebral hemorrhage that ended his life. After leading the nation through the Great Depression and World War II, and being the longest serving president in our history, his life was ended. Harry S. Truman, as the vice president at the time took over as president.
  • FDR's death in Pittsburgh

    FDR's death in Pittsburgh
    Pittsburgh and the county governments, business, schools, and all other activities were suspended because of FDR's death. All churches scheduled special prayer services, and Mayor Scully asked all activity places to close in morning for President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • Hitler commits suicide

    Hitler commits suicide
    Hitler killed himself with a gun and cyanide poisoning in Berlin. At this time he also killed his girlfriend, Eva Braun.
  • Celebration of Hitlers death in Pittrbugh

    Celebration of Hitlers death in Pittrbugh
    Pittsburgh is exstatic about the death of the evil Hitler being dead. They celebrate and rejoice.
  • VE Day

    VE Day
    This is the date in which World War II in europe was officially ended. The Allies accepted Nazis Germanys unconditional surrender, and ended Adolf Hitler's Third Reigh.
  • Celebration of VE Day

    Celebration of VE Day
    On VE day, pittsburgh celebrated and cheered a loud. They had parade to celebrate this glorious day.
  • Pittsburgh Coal Company

    Pittsburgh Coal Company
    Stockholders of the Pittsburgh Coal Company approved a merger with the Consolidation Coal Company. They wanted to see if it was more effective to mege these 2 companies. In the end it was much more profitable to do this.
  • Atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima

    Atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima
    A B-29 bomber named "Enola Gay" left from the island of Tinian and headed toward Japan. Hiroshima was the military center holding 43,000 soldiers of the Japanese army.
  • Atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki

    Atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki
    On August 9th the U.S. dropped another atomic bomb called "Fat Man" over Nagasaki. This and the atomic bombed dropped on hiroshimaare the only 2 times ever recorded of a country using nuclear weapons in war.
  • Steel mills

    Steel mills
    Some Russian labor leaders arrived in pittsburgh to tour the steel mills. They were looking to see how affective these mills were in the war.
  • VJ Day

    VJ Day
    This was the day that Japan surrendered, effectively ending Worl War II. This is the offical VJ day in the U.K., while September 2nd is the offical VJ day in teh U.S.
  • Laying off workers

    Laying off workers
    On this day, industries in Pittburgh laid off over 7,000 workers as the first cancellation of a war contract became effective. These workers were then left to find their own jobs.