By Jerry E. Strahan
Andrew Jackson Higgins and the Boats That gained international conflict II, through Jerry E. Strahan, is the 1st biography of maybe the main forgotten hero of the Allied victory. It used to be Higgins who designed the LCVP (landing craft motor vehicle, group 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 during the Pacific. It was once additionally Higgins who, after 20 years of failure via the U.S. Navy's Bureau of Ships, designed and built a good tank touchdown craft in sixty-one hours - a feat that triggered the bureau to despise him. In 1938, Higgins owned a unmarried small boatyard in New Orleans making use of fewer than seventy-five humans. via remarkable force, imaginative and prescient, and genius, his holdings elevated till through overdue 1943 he owned seven crops and hired greater than twenty thousand staff. as a result of his recognition for designing and generating attack craft in record-breaking time, Higgins was once provided the biggest shipbuilding and airplane 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 used to be dropped from the abdominal of a B-17 bomber. Higgins committed himself to supplying Allied squaddies with the best touchdown craft on the planet, and he fought the Bureau of Ships, the Washington paperwork, and the robust jap shipyards for you to be triumphant. 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 was once additionally challenging operating, speedy progressing from an unknown southern boatbuilder to an important industrialist with a world popularity. He was once featured in lifestyles, Time, Newsweek, and Fortune
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His part in the Manhattan Project and his company's 27-foot airborne droppable 1 Dave McGuire to Andrew J. Higgins, January 3, 1946, in David R. McGuire Collection, Collection No. 271, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University. , film, ca. 1945, in Gayle Higgins Jones Collection, New Orleans. 3 Stephen E. Ambrose, interview, February 4, 1993. 4 "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? Who's Afraid of the Men of Higgins? " Eureka News Bulletin, II (August, 1943), 2. Page 4 lifeboat that rescued downed pilots in the Atlantic and Pacific have also faded with the years.
E. 8 In 1906, at the age of twenty, Higgins decided that his future was in the South. "9 Using his savings, he purchased a farm and adjacent timber acreage in Mobile County, Alabama. Next, he enrolled in a three-month modern farming course at Auburn University. Afterward, he claimed to have amazed county farm officials with his high yield per acre. To reap the benefits of the timber tract he opened his own sawmill. Living close to Mobile, Higgins frequently went to town to sell lumber and purchase supplies.
2 After his retirement from the presidency, Eisenhower, during a discussion with Professor Stephen E. ''4 His influence on amphibious warfare and his contribution toward the Allied victory cannot be overstressed. Higgins is best known for his unique shallow-draft craft and his phenomenal ability to produce them. The part he played in Harry Truman's becoming vice-president and Franklin D. Roosevelt's reelection has been overlooked by history. Also forgotten was Higgins' long-running battle with the AFL and CIO, a battle that drew national attention and made him the champion of returning veterans and nonunion workers.
Andrew Jackson Higgins and the Boats That Won World War II by Jerry E. Strahan