From 1936, Clydeside was involved with the whole of Britain in preparations for a war which was likely to involve aerial attacks on civilian and industrial targets. Plans were made for the evacuation of children to safe areas and for the protection of the population which remained in target areas.

The population was educated about how to deal with air-raids and their aftermath, and specialist ARP organisations were set up with both volunteer and professional personnel trained in various aspects of emergency work.

This was done against a background of controversy about the idea of preparing for a war that many thought could be avoided and at a time when most of Britain's population, certainly Clydeside's population, was only just recovering from the Depression of the 1930s.

Despite strong direction from central government, not all areas were equally well-prepared, nor did the whole population fall in readily with the government's plans.

The worst bombing of Clydeside took place in the Spring of 1941. The most concentrated destruction was in the town of Clydebank on the night of 13th March, but between March and May the whole of Clydeside came under attack.

The sources in this section are about the general situation on Clydeside: how well it was prepared and what the overall effect of the bombing was.

For details and sources on the bombing of Clydebank and on the worst hit areas of Glasgow, see Clydebank and Kilmun Street.