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 international battle II, by way 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 motor vehicle, team of workers) that performed one of these very important position within the invasion of Normandy, the landings in Guadalcanal, North Africa, and Leyte, and hundreds of thousands of amphibious attacks in the course of the Pacific. It was once additionally Higgins who, after 20 years of failure through the U.S. Navy's Bureau of Ships, designed and developed a good tank touchdown craft in sixty-one hours - a feat that brought on the bureau to despise him. In 1938, Higgins owned a unmarried small boatyard in New Orleans utilizing fewer than seventy-five humans. via unprecedented force, imaginative and prescient, and genius, his holdings multiplied till through past due 1943 he owned seven crops 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 offered the most important shipbuilding and plane contracts in heritage. 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 used to be dropped from the stomach of a B-17 bomber. Higgins committed himself to offering Allied infantrymen with the best touchdown craft on this planet, and he fought the Bureau of Ships, the Washington paperwork, and the strong jap shipyards which will be triumphant. Strahan's portrait of Higgins unearths 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 used to be additionally challenging operating, quick progressing from an unknown southern boatbuilder to an enormous industrialist with a global recognition. He used to be featured in lifestyles, Time, Newsweek, and Fortune

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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. The nineteen-year-old reported to his father that a new type of bow needed to be developed, one that would ride over the logs and other partially submerged obstacles.

Higgins Lumber and Export Company. Higgins opened his office in the Hibernia Building on Carondelet Street, the same building occupied by his former employer, Phil I. 12 Cady, as the main investor, was president of the company, and Higgins held the position of manager and vice-president. But it was Higgins who was the driving force. Now thirty years old, he was a strikingly handsome man standing 5 feet 11 inches with blue eyes and wavy, light brown hair. He was strong and rugged, but his face projected a boyish appearance.

Catherine Creek area near Natchez, Mississippi. The land was bought at a minimum price because it was considered too difficult to log. Boats with enough power to pull out rafts of logs drew too much water to travel the shallow streams. Boats of shallow enough draft lacked the necessary power to perform the task. To overcome this problem, Higgins decided to build a tunnel boat, a type of craft commonly used in the shallow waterways of Holland. The design recessed the propeller in a tunnel that rises upward into the hull, similar to the hump in the floorboard of a car.

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