Facebook X YouTube Instagram TikTok NetGalley
Google Books previews are unavailable because you have chosen to turn off third party cookies for enhanced content. Visit our cookies page to review your cookie settings.

Tanks on the Streets? (ePub)

The Battle of George Square, Glasgow, 1919

Military P&S History > Social History World History

By Dr Gordon Barclay, Louise Heren
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
File Size: 31.6 MB (.epub)
Pages: 232
Illustrations: 30 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781526782663
Published: 4th August 2023


£6.99 Print price £25.00

You save £18.01 (72%)

Click here for help on how to download our eBooks

You'll be £6.99 closer to your next £10.00 credit when you purchase Tanks on the Streets?. What's this?
Need a currency converter? Check XE.com for live rates

Other formats available - Buy the Hardback and get the eBook for £1.99! Price
Tanks on the Streets? Hardback Add to Basket £25.00

At 12.08pm on Friday 31 January 1919, Margaret Buchanan drives her tram into George Square in Glasgow’s city centre. She slows down to avoid the youths and men holding their arms up to stop her; some even jump onto the front of her tram. Swirling around her tram is a sea of heavy-coated men who have been on strike since Monday, demanding a reduction to a forty-hour working week. Crucially, the tram workers have not joined the strike; they are being abused as ‘scabs’. Constables and officers of Glasgow’s police force use their hands to try to part the crowd to allow the tram to proceed, but their efforts fail and batons are drawn.

Within minutes, the violence will have spread across and beyond the Square; men will have been injured; the Sheriff will have read the Riot Act; strike leaders will lie stunned and bleeding inside the City Chambers; policemen and protestors will lie beaten in the streets.

The violence and destruction in the Square, the streets to the north and south, in Glasgow Green and even south of the River Clyde, involves thousands of men. The city authorities believe the situation is beyond the control of the outnumbered police; the Sheriff sends a message to the local army commander requesting assistance.

For the first time in history, tanks will be despatched as ‘military aid to the civil power’. They will be accompanied by 10,000 soldiers. At approximately 12.30pm on Friday 31 January 1919, a century of myth-making commences. Using thousands of pages of court papers, memoirs and news reports, this book is the first attempt to tell the story of what happened in day-by-day detail.

As featured in

Evening Times (Glasgow)

Author featured in the article: 'Seeking Social History in Scottish Criminal Records: What else can crime tell us?'

History Scotland

As featured in

Cher Ami, GWSIG Newsletter – International Plastic Modellers Society (UK) – April 2023

About Dr Gordon Barclay

GORDON BARCLAY is an archaeologist and historian, working on the physical and archival remains of the defence of Scotland in the 19th and 20th centuries. He is particularly interested in the misuse of the past in support of Scottish and English nationalist politics.

 Louise Heren

About Louise Heren

Louise Heren is a television documentary producer and director, specialising in history programmes, as well as a social historian with a passion for history based on personal testimony. She has an MA in Scottish History and has recently returned to the University of St. Andrews as a part-time post-graduate student reading for a doctorate in male violence in interwar Scotland. Louise lives in Wiltshire with her family.

More titles by Dr Gordon Barclay

More titles by Louise Heren

Other titles in Pen & Sword History...