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Blitz on Clydeside

Photograph of the firestorm raging through the town of Clydebank, 14 March 1941

Photographs, documents and eye-witness accounts from Glasgow City Archives.

During the Second World War, the heavy industries of the Clyde produced ships, munitions, guns and engines and became a target for enemy bombers, determined to stop anything that contributed to Britain's war effort.
 
On 13 March 1941, more than 250 German bombers attacked the factories and shipyards on Clydeside. High-explosive and incendiary bombs and land-mines rained down, devastating buildings and resulting in large numbers of fatalities, especially in the town of Clydebank. 
 
In Glasgow, people were killed and property destroyed in Maryhill and other areas in the north and west of the city. On the night of 14 March, as the rescue work was underway, another 200 bombers returned.
 
Bringing together material held in the City Archives, including photographs, maps and personal accounts, Blitz on Clydeside gives an fascinating insight into the harrowing events of March 1941 and their aftermath.
 
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