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Higgins PT Boat On Deck

Higgins PT Boat On Deck Book Review

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review January 2012 Title Higgins PT Boat On Deck
Author David Doyle Publisher Squadron/Signal Publications
Published 2011 ISBN 978-0-89747-654-6
Format 80 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $18.95

The US Navy's PT boats might have gone into historical oblivion had it not been for John F. Kennedy's heroism as skipper of PT-109 and his subsequent rise to the Presidency of the United States. The movies and books that followed from Kennedy's experience brought these wooden wonders to life. The most common model kit of a US PT-boat is for the Elco 80' boats that were built in the largest number, but like any good contracting agency in peace or war, the Navy had several companies produce PT boats and one of those was Higgins Boats who produced a nearly identical boat at only 78' in length and these were the second most numerous type built. Higgins was also producing the LCVP - the famous landing craft used in virtually all amphibious actions of World War II.

If you haven't looked at the Walk Around series from Squadron/Signal lately, they've definitely made some serious improvements. This title covers the Higgins-built PT Boats, but the title follows Squadron/Signal's new and improved format for this series. The title provides a brief summary of the Higgins' PT boat development and operations, then coverage dives into very impressive full-color walk arounds. The color examples used in this title are from fully operational restorations of the Higgins boats with a number of period black & white photos intermixed to show how closely these restorations are to the examples that were in service decades ago.

The print and binding quality is excellent and as the publisher's block indicates, this title was printed in the USA rather than overseas.

If you're looking for the ideal photo reference for your reference library, your wait is over.

This title is definitely recommended!

My sincere thanks to Squadron/Signal Publications for this review sample!