River of Fire: The Clydebank Blitz by John MacLeod

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River of Fire: The Clydebank Blitz
Title:
River of Fire: The Clydebank Blitz
Author:
John MacLeod
ISBN:
1843410494
ISBN13:
978-1843410492
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1339 kb
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1337 kb
Publisher:
Birlinn Limited; Revised & Expanded ed. edition (November 2, 2010)
Language:
English
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Vibrating with endeavors for Britain's effort against the might of Nazi Germany, Clydebank was – in hindsight – an obvious target for the attentions of the Luftwaffe. When, on the evening of 13 March 1941, the authorities first detected that Clydebank was 'on beam' – targeted by the primitive radio-guidance system of the German bombers – no effort was made to raise the alarm or to direct the residents to shelter or flight. Within the hour, a vast timber-yard, three oil-stores, and two distilleries were ablaze, one pouring flaming whisky into a burn that ran blazing into the Clyde itself in vivid ribbons of fire. And still the Germans came; and Clydebank, now an inferno, lay illuminated and defenseless as heavy bombs of high-explosive, as land-mines and parachute blasters began to fall…

With reference to written sources and the memories of those who survived the experience, John MacLeod tells the story of the Clydebank Blitz and the terrible scale of death and devastation, speculating on why its incineration has been so widely forgotten and its ordeal denied any place in national honor.

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