Extracts from a British newsreel called "This in our time" about the history of Liverpool
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1939. After the years of rehabilitation it was war again and Liverpool became the gateway to the Western Approaches. And this time it was a grim struggle for survival. A struggle kept alive by Britain's mastery of the seas but a mastery that was challenged to its limits by the ruthlessness of the Luftwaffe and the German U-Boats.
And from a cellar in the shadow of the town hall operated the nerve centre of the convoy system which played its part against tremendous odds with the dogged courage that has always been associated with the Merchant Marine.