Kopite. Thank you for posting this. The BBC People's War is a tremendous resource but frustratingly difficult to search. Yours is a good find and confirms the possibly obvious preconception that Liverpool must have been a major, if not perhaps, the major entrepot for US heavily weighted military imports. I am now testing my first thoughts on an analysis of the above. Lighter vehicles (soft?) were uncrated and taken to Birkenhead for onward transport. Tanks went out from Liverpool on transporters. That implies two differing routes out of the city, east and west. I have a witness who saw columns on the road not transported and elsewhere in this thread are tanks on rail transport going south on LMS flatcars. This makes three modes of tank movement. I have just started to research WW2 heavy lift harbour and ship lifting capacity and Liverpool certainly had a floating crane that could lift any WW2 tank and it seems Liberty ships had one of their derricks, if I remember correctly, capable of a 50 ton lift. ,so far, if right, that means very few tanks could be carried on one liberty ship as they would not be near enough to a derrick to be lifted if there was dependence on the derrick alone. Also carrying them as deck cargo would be a ballasting nightmare for the first mate, endangering ship stability. Tanks generally must have been hold cargo. Any observations welcome. I continue my arcane research.