PEARSONS OF LIVERPOOL
AFTER THE WAR WAS OVER....
After The War Was Over
The Pearsons of Liverpool Story
"...The record that this book contains is therefore unique, as it shows how a relatively minor pre-war vehicle dealer and coach/body-builder not only coped with war-time conditions, but grew exponentially because of them.... "
In 2007 Liverpool celebrated its Year of Heritage, the 800th year of a fascinating and vibrant city; then, in 2008 it became the European Capital of Culture. Many new books and magazine articles have accompanied the worldwide media coverage of a city famous for its bustling seaport, great football teams, pop music and much more.
Yet one part of the city's remarkable history has never been told; indeed, one of its secret wartime duties has been hidden for over six decades.
Of course everyone knows about the role that this great port played in the Battle of the Atlantic, and how Hitlers Luftwaffe mercilessly pounded its buildings and its citizens. However, few will now recall that very soon after Dunkirk, one Liverpool firm was already helping the Allies prepare for a Second Front that was still years away.
"After the War Was Over" is the most fascinating publication we have ever had the privilege to produce, and its content is unique! In over 200 images, it uses hitherto classified photographs of outstanding large format quality to present a view of the secret goings-on around Wavertree and Edge Hill.
Assembling crated vehicles sent across the Atlantic in the convoys, an army of engineers aided by old men, young boys and women, put together a vast fleet of military might, initially from Canada and then the USA. Here, in bombed-out factories and on waste ground around Smithdown Lane, Overbury Street, Crown Street, Queensland Street and Falkner Street, a vast fleet of military vehicles were erected in great secrecy.
To culminate the Year of Culture events, this remarkable book tells the forgotten story, of how Pearsons of Shaw Street coped with this vital war work, and how they were then re-organised for the country's peacetime needs that followed.