WWII TIMETOAST TIMELINE

  • Germany Invades Poland

    Germany Invades Poland
    The invasion of Poland led to the start of Worl War II. Britian and France declared war on Germany due to Hitler's refusal to leave Poland.
  • Bethlehem Steel

    Bethlehem Steel
    Chairman Eugeen Grace was golfing in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania when his caddie came up to him and said that World War Two has just begun. He had just opened a steel mill and said to his friends that they were going to make a lot of money.
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  • France surrenders to Germnay

    France surrenders to Germnay
    The armistice is signed giving 2/3 of France to be occupied by the Germans. France was taken over by the German Blitzkreig invasions. France abandoned Paris to the Germans making it easier fir Germany to take over France.
  • Paul Block

    Paul Block
    The publisher of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette died. Paul Block died at the age of 63 and published many important events thats happened in the begining of the war.
  • Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor

    Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor
    Japan flew into Oahu and bombed Pearl Harbor where the American Navy base was located. The attack made The United States decide to enter the second World War.
  • Pittsburgh Men

    Pittsburgh Men
    Over 1,200 men signed up for the armed forces. They were shocked by the news of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and wanted to join in the fight against the Japanese.
  • Anne X. Alpern

    Anne X. Alpern
    Anne X. Alpern was the first woman to become a cheif legal officer in a major American city. She was appointed to become officer due to the fact that the previous officer, William A. Stewart, wanted to enter the war.
  • Battle of Midway

    Battle of Midway
    Is known as the most important battle of the Pacific Campaign. The American Navy deafeated the Japanese Navy and the United States made a massive amount of damage on the Japanese fleets.
  • Battle of Stalingrad

    Battle of Stalingrad
    During the start of the battle the Soviet Union attacks the Germans. On February 2nd, 1943 Germnay surrenders to the Soviet Union ending the battle.
  • Bus Drivers

    Bus Drivers
    This is the firsat day women were employed as bus drivers in the city of Pittsburgh. They were now allowed to be employed due to the fact that most of the men who drove buses had entered the war.
  • D Day

    D Day
    On the beaches of Normandy, France, 160,00 troops landed to fight Germany. The allies had more than 5,000 ships and 13,000 planes to help them fight the Germans.
  • East Pittsburgh Plant

    East Pittsburgh Plant
    Westinghouse employees made a pledge that they wouldn't hold strikes while the war is going on. There were over 20,000 employees outside of the East Pittsburgh Plant.
  • War Contracts

    War Contracts
    War contracts that were completed or were almost completed totaled in Pittsburgh to $903,398,644. $322,000,000 of it were shipped straight to the front lines, according to a survey taken in Pittsburgh.
  • Allies Liberate Free Paris

    Allies Liberate Free Paris
    The Allies freed Paris from the Nazi power when the Germans surrendered to them. Paris was under German occupation for 4 years.
  • Bad Snow

    Bad Snow
    A 15-inch snowfall came down on Pittsburgh. This caused isues due to overcrowdedness in the cities becuase people couldn't get into places they worked and into their homes.
  • Battle of Bulge

    Battle of Bulge
    This battle was Hitler's last attempt to break up the Allies. The war was fought over the winter months. Hitler's plan failed.
  • Battle of Iwo Jima

    Battle of Iwo Jima
    The battle of Iwo Jima began when American marines first landed on the island of Iwo Jima. The battle finally ended on March 16th, 1945 when the Americans took over the Japanese island.
  • Dravo Corporation

    Dravo Corporation
    The Dravo Corporation in the McKees Rocks Terminal produced 20 sub-chasers and minesweepers for the war effort. They also produced cranes, heaters, and tugboats. The Picture is the actual Dravo Corporation.
  • Heavy Production

    Heavy Production
    Looses in heavy production caused 25,000 people in industry. This cause swollen rivers to rise at a crest of 33.4 feet.
  • FDR dies, Truman becomes President

    FDR dies, Truman  becomes President
    President Rooselvelt died from cerebral hemorrhage. He died in Warm Springs, Georgia. Vice President Truman becomes president; although some say he wasn't ready to take on the responsibility as President.
  • Mourning FDR

    Mourning FDR
    All businesses and schools were closed in the city. Everyone was asked to go to churches in Pittsburgh to mourn the loss of President Roosevelt.
  • Hitler commits suicide

    Hitler commits suicide
    Adolf Hitler kills himself with a gun shot to the head. He killed himself in his bunker underground. Also, his wife, Eva, was found dead with him and she was killed from swallowing poison.
  • Private Woodall I. Marsh

    Private Woodall I. Marsh
    Private Woodall I. Marsh was the first African American to win a silver star in Italy. He was from Pittsburgh, PA. He earned his star by taking injured paratroopers into safety. He was a part of the 92nd devision.
  • VE Day

    VE Day
    VE Day is short for Victory in Europe Day. This is when the Allies celebrated in finally defeating the Germans led my Hitler and the Nazi's.
  • Atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima

    Atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima
    A B-29 bomber went to go drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima because it had a large population and was where a lot of the Japanese military was stationed. The bombs name was "little boy'' and the bombers name was Enola Gay.
  • Atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki

    Atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki
    Three days after the first bombing, the bomb called "fat man" was dropped on Nagasaki. President Truman odered the bomb droppings in order to weaken the Japanese and to get back for what the Japanese did to the United States in Pearl Harbor.
  • Russian Laborers

    Russian Laborers
    Russian laborers came to Pittsburgh to visit the steel mills. This was odd due to the fact that the Soviet Union was fighting in the war with us.
  • VJ Day

    VJ Day
    VJ Day is actually Victory over Japan Day. This is where Japan surrened to the Allies. This event officially ended World War 2.
  • Good News

    Good News
    The city of Pittsburgh celebrating when finding out that Japan surrenered. They were said to be overly "jubiliant" when hearing the news.
  • Pittsburgh Workers

    Pittsburgh Workers
    Pittsburghs industry had to lay off workers due to the returning soldiers comming home. 7,000 workers were laid off when the news of the cancellation of the war contract became effective.