by Neil Holmes - £19.99 Halsgrove Publishing (2011)
hardback ISBN 13: 9780857040794 | ISBN 10: 0857040790
The Liverpool of early September 1939 was a thriving port and bustling city of over 800,000 people. World War Two changed this forever. Between the 27th June 1940 and the I0th January 1942 Hitlerís Luftwaffe rained down death and destruction on the city, reducing many fine buildings to either burnt out shells or piles of rubble. During the first week of May 1941 alone the raids killed 1,453 people and seriously injured around another thousand.
The intervening 70 years have seen the city undergo drastic changes: docks that no longer have ships berthed there, terraced streets that have been cleared to make way for modern housing and grand old buildings that have been demolished in the name of progress.
For many people wartime images of Liverpool are almost unrecognisable, such is the facelift the city has undergone.
By comparing the wartime image to the modern viewpoint this book gives the reader a link to the cityís experiences that mere statistics can never convey. The book covers not just famous landmarks like the Liver Buildings but also ordinary houses, churches and pubs. It will inspire anyone, whether local or not to reflect on the sacrifice and bravery of Liverpool people in the cityís darkest hour.
(Price & availability last checked: July 2019)
In booklists: Liverpool, Wirral and Merseyside during World War I and II, Liverpool History, In categories: History & Biography, Local Interest,