Friday, June 6, 2014
D-Day - June 6, 1944
I was working on a photographic project early this morning at Cantigny and they had their Higgens Boat (also known as a landing craft or LCVP) on display. In the past, they've had a rope around it but today, for some reason, the barrier wasn't there. This allowed for a better 3/4 shot.
The Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel (LCVP) or Higgins boat was a landing craft used extensively in amphibious landings in World War II. The craft was designed by Andrew Higgins based on boats made for operating in swamps and marshes. More than 20,000 were built, by Higgins Industries and licensees.
Typically constructed from plywood, this shallow-draft, barge-like boat could ferry a platoon-sized complement of 36 men to shore at 9 knots (17 km/h). Men generally entered the boat by climbing down a cargo net hung from the side of their troop transport; they exited by charging down the boat's bow ramp.
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