The Higgins boat

So now you know:

The actual business of getting over 100,000 soldiers and a metric crapton of vehicles and equipment from the ocean on to land is a decidedly non-trivial problem, one that the Allies solved with a brilliant but simple patented plywood boat: the Landing Craft, Vehicle and Personnel (LCVP), also called the Higgins Boat.

The Higgins Boat, named after its inventor, Andrew Higgins, was designed to solve what was basically the “last mile” problem for a military invasion: they could get all the troops and equipment over to the coast on large naval transport ships, but how do you then get all those people and that stuff from the ships onto the sandy beach?

3 comments for “The Higgins boat

  1. Bill
    June 8, 2019 at 08:43

    For a much more accurate story;

    Quite a bit of rust in a couple of those photographs. Rusty plywood eh, who knew.

  2. dearieme
    June 8, 2019 at 12:18

    WKPD has a good article on landing craft. The first one mentioned that had an engine and a bow ramp was a British development for use at Gallipoli in 1915.

    The Higgins boat does get a mention.

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