By Jerry E. Strahan
Andrew Jackson Higgins and the Boats That received international battle II, through Jerry E. Strahan, is the 1st biography of probably the main forgotten hero of the Allied victory. It used to be Higgins who designed the LCVP (landing craft automobile, body of workers) that performed this kind of important function within the invasion of Normandy, the landings in Guadalcanal, North Africa, and Leyte, and millions of amphibious attacks in the course of the Pacific. It was once additionally Higgins who, after two decades of failure by way of the U.S. Navy's Bureau of Ships, designed and developed a good 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 unheard of force, imaginative and prescient, and genius, his holdings multiplied until eventually by means of past due 1943 he owned seven vegetation and hired greater than twenty thousand employees. as a result of his recognition for designing and generating attack craft in record-breaking time, Higgins was once presented the biggest shipbuilding and plane contracts in background. through 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 abdominal 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 paperwork, and the strong japanese shipyards for you to prevail. 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 intruder to New Orleans' elite social circles. Higgins used to be additionally tough operating, quick progressing from an unknown southern boatbuilder to a big industrialist with a global popularity. He used to be featured in lifestyles, Time, Newsweek, and Fortune
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I called Ambrose and explained that I had received the program and discovered a misprint. He insisted that the program was correct and that I should prepare a paper for his review. It was like fishing. He had thrown out the bait, and before I realized what was happening I had nibbled, was hooked, and was being reeled in. I continued trying to convince Ambrose to write Higgins' story. He refused. Everyone has heard of professors who supposedly have taken graduate students' research and used it for their own benefit.
Had it not been for Ambrose, the boxes of documents and hours of taped interviews would still be sitting on the floor of my closet. His guidance and suggestions have been of immeasurable help. During a period in which he was teaching at UNO, working on plans and funding for a D-Day museum, lecturing across the country, and writing his own book on D-Day for the fiftieth anniversary of the invasion, he still took time to read my work, pointing out my weaknesses and strengths and encouraging me to continue.
The experiment proved successful. 8 miles per hour, a speed that up until then was believed to be impossible for a tunnel boat. Higgins felt that with further experimentation, greater speed could be achieved. S. Army Corps of Engineers. The small fleet had to be delivered up the Arkansas River. River levels were high, and the water was filled with floating debris. Objects constantly rammed into the bows of the boats. Edmond, the oldest of Higgins' six children (Andrée, Roland, and Dawn were the more recent births in the family) accompanied the boats on the delivery voyage.
Andrew Jackson Higgins and the Boats That Won World War II by Jerry E. Strahan