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July 18th, 2012

The LCVP / Higgins Boat

Introduced in 1941, the Higgins boat was a critical part in the Allies winning WWII.  Made from plywood, it was a shallow, barge-like boat that could ferry an entire platoon from a ship to a beach.  The Higgins boat was 36 feet long and just under 11 feet wide.  It could carry 36 men, a jeep and 12 men, or 8,000 lbs of cargo and equipment.  It was powered with a 225 horsepower diesel engine that allowed travel speeds of up to 12 knots. The ramp was one of the most important parts of the boat because it allowed for a quick unloading.  This meant that men were on the ground faster than with other boats.  Additionally, the Higgins boat was designed to have a ... Read more
Posted by Mark Juelich on July 18th, 2012 :: Filed under: Blog,History,Military