Today, Prime Minister Theresa May will host 15 world leaders to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings at Normandy, the invasion of France that was the turning point in the war. Figures from every country that fought alongside the UK will be attending, including US President Donald Trump who is approaching the end of a three-day state visit. The man hailed as being the one who secured the success of the Allies did so by designing a vehicle that enabled the D-Day plan to work.
His name is Andrew Higgins and he designed and built LCVPs, the amphibious vehicles that enabled the Allied forces to cross the channel.
LCVP stands for Landing Craft Vehicle Personel.
General Eisenhower, who later went on to become the 35th US President, reportedly said: “Andrew Higgins is the man who won the war for us.”
He added that without the landing crafts designed by Mr Higgins, he would have been forced to implement a completely different war strategy.
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General Eisenhower (Image: GETTY)
Andrew Higgins (Image: GETTY / National Inventors Hall of Fame)
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