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The Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel (LCVP), or more colloquially known as the "Higgins Boat," named after its designer and manufacturer, Andrew Higgins, was a primary amphibious landing craft for the United States Army/Navy, especially in the ETO. Originally designed for the Marine Corps, ironically, the LCVP would be phased out by the LVT by the Battle of Tarawa in 1943, and eventually the U.S. Army as well as their use is limited to the open sea and by 1945, there was very little enemy territory on the coastline. With over 20,000 produced, the LCVP has striking similarities with the Japanese Daihatsu-class landing craft, used by the Imperial Japanese Army and Naval Marines. Able to carry up to 36 men and have an armament of two .30-06 light machine guns, the LCVP was an integral part of the Allied victory in World War II, participating in Operation: Overlord, the Battle of Guadalcanal, Operation: Torch and various ship-to-shore supply missions.

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Like its real-life counterpart, the LCVP's primary task is simple: get G.I.s on shore without getting completely soaked. The Higgins Boat first appeared in Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, transporting the 2nd Ranger Battalion and 29th Infantry Division onto Omaha Beach, including American infantrymen Jimmy Patterson and Mike Powell. Although they are effective, their endurance and maneuverability does not show, especially in comparison to newer LVTs. They are easy prey for 88mm cannons on the shore and coastal obstructions. Further, they cannot be taken on shore, limiting the soldier in terms of protection.

Manned by two coxswains with the potential for an additional machine gunner, the LCVP is adequately armed, although armed variants were not armed during Operation Overlord and the Invasion of Guadalcanal.

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