The History of Leith

February 2, 2007

Night Zeppelins brought first dose of air raid death

IT was an unfortunate day for union leader David Kirkwood to have chosen to visit Edinburgh. Used to turbulent times at the heart of bitter industrial disputes, even Kirkwood seems to have been shaken up by his experiences on one April wartime night in the city.

In his autobiography, My Life in Revolt, the engineering union activist writes: “Suddenly a terrifying explosion occurred. Windows rattled, the ground quivered, pictures swung. We all gasped. I ran to the window and saw Vesuvius in eruption . . . for more click here

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