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Machine-Gunned in the Street

by CSV Media NI

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CSV Media NI
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Joan Campbell
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Shankill Rd, Belfast, NI
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19 August 2005

This story is taken from an interview with Joan Campbell, and has been added to the site with her permission. The author fully understands the site's terms and conditions. The interviewer was David Reid, and the transcription was by Bruce Logan.

I lived in Belfast on the Shankill rd, and I was only about 5. And the first Sunday night, the Germans came over and bombed Belfast. And my father had us tucked under a big heavy dining-room table. And the fire fell out on us, and all the doors were blew off, and the warden was shouting when the air-raid was finished. “Is everybody all right here?” and the Germans dropped flares to light up the route.
And as the people were running to the air-raid shelter, my mother said “Joe, I think we’ll go to the air-raid shelter”, and he says “no, hold on” — and as the people run to the air-raid shelter they were machine-gunned in the street. I remember that. And I can hear it still.
It was horrendous, it definitely was.

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