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Project Title: Glasgow West War Story

Exhibition: Training for War

Training for students intending on joining the H.M Forces has been provided at the university since 1909 with the establishment of the Glasgow University Contingent of the Senior Division of the Officers’ Training Corps. A university Air Squadron was established in 1941, and a Naval Division the following year. During World War II many students enrolled in one of the university training branches and experienced active service in all theatres of war. This exhibtion recalls the expreiences of Mr Maclean who volunteered to join the University Naval Division in 1945 just after leaving school, and Dr Pow who joined the Officer Training Corps whilst studying for his degree in Medicine at the university.

Assets in this exhibition:

Drawing of Otter Patrol members

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Description

This picture of his fellow patrol members was drawn by Mr Maclean in 1944.

Source

Date: 1944
Contributor: Mr Maclean


Pathfinding over Bershtesgaden

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Description

This picture 'Pathfinding over Bershtesgaden' was drawn by Mr Maclean after hearing a report of a RAF raid on Bershtesgaden in 1945.

Bershtesgaden was the home of Hitler's mountain retreat.

Source

Date: 1945
Contributor: Mr Maclean


Victory, 8th June 1946

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Description

This letter was sent out to all school children to mark the victory of World War Two.

Source

Date: 1946


Glasgow Academy Senior Leaving Certificate

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Description

This certificate was issued to Mr Maclean on leaving Glasgow Academy. It lists all the qualifications he obtained whilst at the school.

Source

Date: 1945
Contributor: The Scottish Education Department


Univeristy Naval Division

Glasgow University Naval Division was established in 1942 to provide students intending to undertake war service in the Royal Navy or Fleet Air Arm with pre-entry training. Undergraduate Ratings who attended the required number of musters and who pass the Final Proficiency Examination will be recommended for reduced training at R.N. Establishments and an accelerated R.N.V.R commission in one of the following branches of the Service: Executive, Communications, Accountant or Fleet Air Arm. The courses of instruction include: Navigation, Pilotage, Chartwork, General Seamanship, Field Training, Visual Signalling, Elementary Gunnery, Swimming and Physical Training.


Letter from the Commanding Officer, Glasgow University Naval Division

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Description

This letter confirms that Mr Maclean was allocated to Glasgow University Naval Division, starting 4th April 1945.

Source

Date: 1945


Officer Training Corps

The Glasgow University Contingent of the Senior Division of the Officers’ Training Corps was established in 1909. It was renamed The Senior Training Corps in 1940 and its purpose was to provide basic military training to university students up to the standards of Certificates A and B. During World War II any student aged between 18 years 6 months and 20 years 9 months who obtained a Certificate A could enlist in the H.M. Forces and be transferred immediately to the Reserve. Those who obtained a Certificate B when called up were sent direct, on the recommendation of the Commanding Officer, to an Officer Cadet Training Unit. The Senior Training Corps was renamed Glasgow Training Corps (Territorial Army) in 1948, the Officers Training Corps in 1955, and to its current designation as Glasgow & Strathclyde Universities Officers Training Corps in 1965.


University Air Squadron

The University Air Squadron was established in 1941 to provide students intending to enter the Royal Air Force with the opportunity to complete part of their Royal Air Force Training whilst completing their university degrees. Suitable candidates were recruited into one of three branches: Air Crew (as pilots, observers or air gunners); Commissioned Engineer Officers, Signals, or Armament Officers; Administrative Branch.