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Andrew Jackson Higgins and the Boats That Won World War II by Jerry E. Strahan

By Jerry E. Strahan

Andrew Jackson Higgins and the Boats That gained global struggle II, by way of Jerry E. Strahan, is the 1st biography of maybe the main forgotten hero of the Allied victory. It was once Higgins who designed the LCVP (landing craft car, body of workers) that performed this kind of very important function within the invasion of Normandy, the landings in Guadalcanal, North Africa, and Leyte, and hundreds of thousands of amphibious attacks during the Pacific. It used to be additionally Higgins who, after two decades of failure by means of the U.S. Navy's Bureau of Ships, designed and developed an efficient tank touchdown craft in sixty-one hours - a feat that prompted the bureau to despise him. In 1938, Higgins owned a unmarried small boatyard in New Orleans using fewer than seventy-five humans. via unparalleled force, imaginative and prescient, and genius, his holdings accelerated till by means of overdue 1943 he owned seven vegetation and hired greater than twenty thousand staff. as a result of his popularity for designing and generating attack craft in record-breaking time, Higgins was once provided the most important shipbuilding and plane contracts in historical past. throughout the warfare, Higgins Industries produced 20,094 boats, starting from the 36-foot LCVP to the lightning-fast PT boats; the rocket-firing touchdown craft help boats; the 56-foot tank touchdown craft; the 170-foot FS ships; and the 27-foot airborne lifeboat that was once dropped from the stomach of a B-17 bomber. Higgins committed himself to supplying Allied infantrymen with the best touchdown craft on this planet, and he fought the Bureau of Ships, the Washington forms, and the robust japanese shipyards for you to be successful. Strahan's portrait of Higgins finds a colourful personality - a hard-fisted, hard-swearing, and hard-drinking guy whose Irishbackground and Nebraska birthplace made him an interloper to New Orleans' elite social circles. Higgins was once additionally difficult operating, speedy progressing from an unknown southern boatbuilder to an incredible industrialist with a world attractiveness. He used to be featured in existence, Time, Newsweek, and Fortune

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