At dawn on the 6th of June 1944, D-Day, soldiers began landing on the beaches of Normandy under heavy fire from gun emplacements. Obstacles such as wooden stakes, metal tripods, and barbed wire, made the landing more difficult and dangerous. It was the largest seaborne invasion in history.
The LCVP (landing craft, vehicle, personnel) was also called a Higgins boat after the designer Andrew Higgins. More than 23,358 were built by Higgins Industries and licensees.
General Eisenhower said of the boat and the designer
“Andrew Higgins … is the man who won the war for us. … If Higgins had not designed and built those LCVPs, we never could have landed over an open beach. The whole strategy of the war would have been different”.