Jerry E. Strahan's Andrew Jackson Higgins and the Boats That Won World War II PDF

By Jerry E. Strahan

ISBN-10: 0807119032

ISBN-13: 9780807119037

ISBN-10: 0807123390

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Andrew Jackson Higgins and the Boats That received international struggle II, by means of Jerry E. Strahan, is the 1st biography of possibly the main forgotten hero of the Allied victory. It used to be Higgins who designed the LCVP (landing craft car, group of workers) that performed this sort of very important position within the invasion of Normandy, the landings in Guadalcanal, North Africa, and Leyte, and millions of amphibious attacks through the Pacific. It was once 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 unprecedented force, imaginative and prescient, and genius, his holdings multiplied until eventually through overdue 1943 he owned seven crops and hired greater than twenty thousand employees. as a result of his attractiveness for designing and generating attack craft in record-breaking time, Higgins was once provided the most important shipbuilding and plane contracts in background. through the conflict, 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 abdominal of a B-17 bomber. Higgins devoted himself to offering Allied infantrymen with the best touchdown craft on the earth, and he fought the Bureau of Ships, the Washington paperwork, and the strong japanese shipyards to be able 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 not easy operating, fast progressing from an unknown southern boatbuilder to a huge industrialist with a global popularity. He was once featured in existence, Time, Newsweek, and Fortune

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