“Andrew Higgins is the man who won the war for us. If Higgins had not designed and built those LCVPs (Landing Craft, Vehicle and Personnel), we never could have landed over an open beach. The whole strategy of the war would have been different,” said President Dwight D. Eisenhower in a 1964 interview with historian Stephen Ambrose.
LCVPs--or Higgins boats, as they are now commonly known --transported troops from the 1st Infantry onto Omaha Beach. They could each carry 36 combat-equipped infantrymen or 8,000 pounds of cargo. In all, 23,398 Higgins boats were produced during the war.
The featured image is the patent for Andrew Higgins’s landing boat. It is dated February 15, 1944, less than four months before D-Day.
Image: From the holdings of the National Archives at Kansas City, "Lighter for Mechanized Equipment," Patent Case Files, 1836-1993, NAID 302050
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