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Putting some myths to bed...
So, these Londoners reckon that the Blitz during the Second World War was worst for them - well it is commonly agreed that Clydebank suffered more than London or Coventry in proportion to its' size. Right, now that's sorted out, there's a lot to tell...

Preparing for war...just in time!
Air-raid precaution measures (shortened to ARP) were drawn up in the mid-1930's. Most of the local councils went along with the proposals . . . some like Clydebank Town Council did not however, and it was almost too late! The council only really started getting prepared in 1938 once an act of law (the Air Raid Precautions Act) was passed, and by 1941 had established First Aid posts, ARP wardens and a Central Control Centre in the basement of the Public Library.

Here is a picture of the memorial at Clydebank Town Hall to those who lost their lives in conflict:
town-hall-memorial

The bombs that dropped
On the 13th March 1941 Clydebank was attacked by over 200 German bombers, the first air raid the town was to encounter. According to documented accounts the attack started a little past 2100 and lasted until around 0630 the following morning. Wave after wave of bombers flew overhead, dropping a wide variety of bombs, some incendiaries, some high explosive bombs. More than 400 craters were dotted around the Burgh during this raid, most of the damage was actually cause by the incendiary bombs.
Dalmuir, Parkhall and Radnor Park were worst affected, however no one area of the town escaped intact. The next night the bombers returned, with a hail of bombs that lasted for over six hours.

After the blitz
Following the air raids, the town was in a state of partial destruction, in some cases homes were totally destroyed during the raids. One local man commented "this town will rise again, even if it takes us years to build these houses again".

This kind of statement epitomises the fighting spirit of the people of Clydebank, and in fact many of the businesses and factories in the burgh were working again within a few weeks (even days sometimes) of these attacks.

The Blitz left great physical scars on the town, some of which are still visible today if you look closely. Many buildings were never replaced. Many people lost their homes and possessions during the Blitz, however within seven months almost all of the repair work needed had been completed, and re-construction of schools and public buildings continued until well into the mid-1950's.

As I'm not suitably qualified to comment on actual experiences during the Blitz (I was only born in 1970!) I would love to hear any stories, anecdotes, or even vivid memories and experiences that anyone may have. E-mail me at :
webmaster@welcometoclydebank.org.uk