Glasgow: a City at War

When Ronnie Armstrong and I were asked to write this book we were at first a little puzzled how to take the story beyond air-raids in the Second World War. However when we looked into the matter it became more of a problem to keep the material in check rather than finding enough.In both World Wars Glasgow was a huge arsenal turning out weapons of war, and not just the ships that one might first think of.  Tanks were produced in large numbers, aircraft, guns and bombs all came out of Glasgow as did vast quantities of men and women for the forces.

[Above: Tank production at a Glasgow locomotive works]
We were able to assemble a wonderful collection of photographs to complement our text and would encourage you to look at this book if you have any interest in Glasgow – we are sure you will find much to interest you.
Of course Glasgow’s connection with war goes back long before 1914  – William Wallace is supposed to have fought a battle near the Cathedral and Charles Edward Stuart brought his Jacobite army back through Glasgow in 1746.  Glasgow became a great shipbuilding centre – as much due to Robert Napier as to any other individual. One of Napier’s ships for the Royal Navy was the Black Prince (seen here on the right, with her sister ship Warrior) – the first major ironclad built on the Clyde. For more about Robert Napier click here to go to my article From the Clyde to Rotterdam.


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There are two editions of this book available – a hardback (ideal as a gift!) and a more economical paperback – both are the same format and identical text and pictures.

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