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Sussex's Forgotten LCVP

Discussion in 'Military History' started by GRW, Jan 10, 2021.

  1. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

    Oct 26, 2003
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    Stirling, Scotland
    Not WW2 unfortunately, but still a great bit of landscaping.
    "From Hollywood blockbuster Saving Private Ryan to the Falklands War the small vessel has really seen it all.
    But this may leave you asking, how did this incredible boat end up on a roundabout in Shoreham?
    And for some who already know a little about it, was it actually used in the infamous D-Day landings during WW2.
    Contrary to popular belief, the LCVP mark 2 was not present during the D-Day landings as it had not been built yet.
    The model was produced in the 1960s by the Dorset Yacht Company in Poole for military purposes.
    The craft was powered by two foden diesel engines and could carry up to 35 fully equipped Royal Marines or two land rovers.
    It was surprisingly constructed using mostly timber, although metal armour plating was used on to bring it up to military standards.
    The LCVP mark 2 model was the standard vessel used by Royal Marines during the Falklands War, so it is highly probable that the unassuming boat saw some action in the South Atlantic Ocean.
    This can unfortunately not be confirmed, as due to modifications made at a later date, original numbers on the boat have been removed."

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