Clydebank Blitz


More than 500 people were killed and almost a 1000 injured in Clydebank over two days during the only sustained German airforce attack on Scotland of World War II. Clydebank was targeted because of its importance as a centre of ship-building and its Singer Swing Machine Factory, which was producing guns and munitions during the war. The Blitz made 35,000 people homeless and rehousing challenged the government who had no contingency plans to cope with such large numbers. Of around 12,000 houses in the town only seven were undamaged; 4000 were completely destroyed and 4500 more badly damaged.

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