This Higgins boat is a survivor of the Normandy D-Day invasion - June 6th, 1944. This Higgins boat comes from the First Division Museum.
These half wood - half steel LCVPs (Landing-craft vehicle personnel) were designed by Andrew Higgins who built wooden boats for the backwaters of Louisiana. Higgins knew the Navy would need thousands of small boats and was sure that steel would be in short supply, so he bought the entire 1939 crop of mahogany from the Philippines and stored it. At his own expense he built three test boats with this wood and demonstrated them to the Navy in 1941.
Eventually, 23,358 LCVPs were produced by a number of manufacturers during WWII. Higgins boats were used in 6 amphibious landings in the European theater including North Africa, the Italian Campaign and Normandy. And in the Pacific Theater they were used in 126 landings including the Battles of Tarawa, Iwo Jima and Okinawa.
The Normandy invasion was one of the largest amphibious military assaults in history and required extensive planning, a huge logistical effort, special feats of engineering, and probably most important, close cooperation among the armies, navies and air forces of all the participating Allied nations. The Higgins boats played an important role bringing troops, tanks, armored vehicles and supplies to the beaches. The Normandy landings have been called the beginning of the end of the war in Europe.
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