Friday, June 06, 2014
“The Man Who Won the War for Us”
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On D-Day, most of the landing craft that ferried troops and equipment ashore were the Higgins design, and many came from his yard in New Orleans. The two-fisted, hard-drinking man who told the Navy it “didn’t know a damned thing about small boats” had revolutionized warfare. No longer were amphibious forces required to attack through heavily-defended ports, to reach docks where troops and equipment could be off-loaded. With Higgins’ LCVP (Landing Craft Vehicle/Personnel) and larger LSTs (Landing Ship, Tank), amphibious attacks could be planned over wider areas, complicating enemy defenses. Even Adolf Hitler acknowledged Higgins’ contribution to the war effort, referring to him as “the new Noah.” General Dwight D. Eisenhower, who led the Normandy invasion, put it more succinctly, calling Andrew Higgins “the man who won the war for us.”
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And as usual, he dies broke and forgotten!
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