Red Clydeside: Incredible pictures of tanks and soldiers on the streets of Glasgow

Today, marks the 100 year anniversary of the event which has become known as the 'Battle of George Square', 'Bloody Friday' and 'Black Friday'.

Tanks and soldiers were deployed on the streets of Glasgow 100 years ago

On January 31, 1919, tanks and soldiers rolled through Glasgow's streets as authorities attempted to quell city workers' demands for a shorter working week and improved working conditions.

Bloody running battles between striking workers, police and armed soldiers took place with Scottish Secretary Robert Munro claiming that the city was in the midst of a 'Bolshevist uprising'.

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A red flag is waved by striking crowds in Glasgow's city centre
Protesters were making calls for the working week to be cut down from 47 hours to 40 hours, but some painted the events as a 'Bolshevik uprising'
The events took place just months after the end of World War One. Many of the strikers were former soldiers demanding better working conditions.
The UK government allowed the deployment of troops in the city following a plea from the Sheriff of Strathclyde
Soldiers from the rest of Scotland and England were deployed rather than the Maryhill barracks due to fear that local soldiers might join up with workers.
Soldiers were deployed at strategic points in the city and were accompanied by six armed tanks. This picture was taken in the Saltmarket area of the city.
Despite the presence of soldiers and the use of force by police there were no fatalities during the events.
The Clyde Workers' Committee leader had been struck with a baton by a policeman.
David Kirkwood a leader in the Red Clydeside was arrested for his role in organising the strike, as was
Today, calls are being made to commemorate the strike, with historian Thomas Devine among those calling for a permanent commemoration to be erected in George Square.