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PITTSBURGH, Nov. 6, 2013 – Elizabeth Williams, a 2007 graduate of La Roche College, recently published a book titled “Pittsburgh in World War I: Arsenal of the Allies.”

Published by The History Press, the book explores the history of Pittsburgh as it was transformed from the Smoky City into the Arsenal of the Allies. Pittsburgh was a city of immigrants—the large Polish community urged leaders to join the side of the Allies, while German immigrants supported the Central powers. By the time the country entered World War I in 1917, Pittsburghers threw their support into the war effort united as Americans.

With over 250 mills and factories, the Steel City and Allegheny County produced half of the steel and much of the munitions used by the Allies. Pittsburgh gave more than steel—60,000 men went to war, and women flocked to the front lines as nurses. One of the first gas masks on the western front was developed at the Mellon Institute, while the city’s large Red Cross provided tireless support on the home front.

“One aspect of Pittsburgh during the Great War that struck me the most was how much each Pittsburgher was touched by the war,” Ms. Williams said. “The city was a huge industrial center, which supplied the Allied Nations with weaponry and steel even before the United States entered the war.”

“Pittsburgh in World War I: Arsenal of the Allies” is available at and from all major booksellers as a print book and an e-book.

Ms. Williams now works as the college archivist at La Roche. She earned her bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in marketing from La Roche in 2007 and a master’s degree in public history from Duquesne University in 2009. “Pittsburgh in World War I: Arsenal of the Allies” is her first published book.

About La Roche College: A private, Catholic, co-educational college north of Pittsburgh founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche welcomes students of all religions, ethnic origins and talents. Undergraduates may choose from more than 50 majors, including the top 10 majors most in demand among today’s college students. La Roche combines a quality educational experience with clubs, athletics, social and community volunteer activities, spiritual well-being and more to prepare students for life in a constantly changing global society.

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