The Boat That Won the War

An Illustrated History of the Higgins LCVP

  • Subject: World War II
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    September 15, 2017
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  • Product Dimensions:
    9.75 × 6.75 × 1 in
  • Product Weight:
    21 oz
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The Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel?LCVP for short, or simply the “Higgins boat” to most of its users?was “the boat that won the war,” according to General Dwight D. Eisenhower. Like the Jeep or the C-47 transport, it served in almost every theatre of World War II, performing unglamorous but vital service in the Allied cause.

This book combines the first in-depth history of the development and employment of the type, with a detailed description of its construction, machinery, performance, and handling, based on the author’s first-hand experience guiding the restoration of a wartime example for his museum. Well illustrated with plans and photographs, it will be of interest to model makers and enthusiasts, both military and naval.

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Editorial Reviews

"[Roberts, Jr.] brilliantly researched and illustrated history of the concept, design, construction, distribution and operations of the various iterations of 'Higins Boats' provides an invaluable record for military historians and the designers, builders and operators of the successor boats. The photographs and drawings of every imaginable aspect of the LVCPs are beyond price. A magnificent contribution to both naval history and the future planning of amphibious operations." —Ausmarine
“Charles Roberts’ text is extremely detailed and is enhanced by numerous photographs, drawings and graphics. It must be considered the definitive description of how these iconic little landing craft were designed and built – the author’s engineering knowledge was backed up by restoring a 1943 Higgins Boat for operation and display at his own World War II Museum.” —Warship