The war of the words

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Carnage on the Clyde: A WWII cover up

When the small Scottish shipbuilding town of Clydebank was flattened during one of the most destructive bombing raids of World War II, officials took extraordinary measures to suppress the details. John MacLeod reports for the spring 2014 issue of Index on Censorship magazine

On a moonlit evening on Thursday 13 March 1941, just after 9pm, the first of 236 German bombers converged on Clydeside. By 9.10pm, over the western suburbs of Glasgow, over Bowling and Dalnottar and – especially – over the crowded, densely housed and productive little town of Clydebank, the bombs had begun to fall. And the next night, it happened all over again.

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