Glasgow - A City at War, by Brian D. Osborne and Ronald Armstrong

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Glasgow - A City at War, by Brian D. Osborne and Ronald Armstrong

Glasgow - A City at War, by Brian D. Osborne and Ronald Armstrong

Book published by Birlinn in 2005, 208 pages. Paperback (N3728)

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This work explores the impact of the First and Second World Wars on the city of Glasgow, its people and industries. In particular, it covers the importance of warship building in the Clyde shipyards, and the large-scale manufacture of artillery and munitions. It also covers the changing patterns of employment

In explaining his book, Brian Osborne wrote: Glasgow and war… one’s ideas might first of all turn to air raids and then to the city’s shipyards, birthplace of so many great warships. However, in writing this book, Ronald Armstrong and I had the excitement of finding so many other areas where Glasgow’s story is inextricably linked to the two world wars of the twentieth century and we have been able to find remarkable illustrations to illuminate many of these much less familiar fields.

In the First World War, for example, Glasgow was not only a great shipbuilding city, but also became a major centre for the production of tanks, and perhaps more surprisingly for the building of aircraft.

War is, of course, about more than machines and technology – it is above all a series of human stories and we discuss and illustrate the huge commitment of the city to the armed forces – as the Cenotaph in Glasgow’s George Square reminds us over 200,000 of Glasgow’s citizens served in the armed forces in the 1914-18 War. The city’s own infantry regiment - the Highland Light Infantry – lost over 10,000 men during that war.

The impact of war on the civilian population and on the role of women is not neglected and our text and the many unique photographs also recognise this dimension of the city at war.

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