Combined Operations, which was responsible for control of the Western Approaches, was moved in 1941 from Plymouth to Derby House, part of Exchange Buildings. The move was instigated by the fact that German aircraft and U-boats (submarines) were attacking ships travelling to Britain from the French coast, hence, ships were re-directed around the north of Ireland. Western Approaches Command HQ was therefore moved to Liverpool on 7 February 1941.
Throughout the years of WW2, Liverpool was Britain’s main convoy port, the vital lifeline was maintained with the United States and Canada, it was crucial both for Britain’s survival and the ultimate Allied victory. During WW2, over 1,000 convoys arrived in the Mersey, on average 3 or 4 per week. Many warships and Merchant ships were repaired and built on Merseyside, and thousands of Liverpool people were involved. Today, the historical war time bunker has been restored and opened to the public as a memorial to those who died to achieve it. It is the original building where the original battle was fought and won. It has been reconstructed exactly how it used to be.
Western Approaches HQ
1-3 Rumford Street
We are situated in the basement of Exchange Flags, just behind Liverpool Town Hall.
To book in advance please call 0151 227 2008
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