77 years on from the Second World War ‘Clydebank Blitz’ bombings

Clydebank has long been seen as one of the main industrial areas of not only Scotland but the whole of Britain.

The burgh in the west of Glasgow was home to a number of shipyards as well as the Singer sewing factory which was used as a munitions factory during the Second World War. This meant that the area was a prime target for an air attack by the Nazi air force known as the Luftwaffe.


Stranded residents in Clydebank Image Credit: Education Scotland, Scottish Government


Fallen homes in Clydebank following the bombings Image Credit: Unknown

Today marks 77 years since Clydebank was largely destroyed in a attack by Luftwaffe in a event which is now known as the ‘Clydebank Blitz’.

Out of the of approximately 12,000 houses, only seven remained undamaged leaving over 35,000 people homeless. Over the course of the two nights, a total of 439 Luftwaffe bombers dropped in excess of 1,650 incendiary containers and 272 tonnes of bombs leaving only seven homes untouched.

At the time of the Blitz Isa Mckenzie was 12 years old and living with her parents and twin brother Donald in a top floor flat near Singer train station. In an interview with the Scotsman in 2016 she described how she felt the morning after the attack:

 “I broke down on the bus.It was like being in a horror film, passing the Singer wood yard and the tanks and Bowling and the whole place was just flames. This was something we had never thought about.We had seen it in the news in the cinemas, Coventry and London, but we never gave it a thought that one day this would be us.”

On the 18th of March 1941, the Glasgow Herald reported that “The cool, unwavering courage of the people is evident, and when the full story of their heroism in the face of the Luftwaffe is told, they will take their place alongside the citizens of London and Coventry.”

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