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LCT 103 Alive and well on on Lake Superior
photos of the ships stamp recovered from LCT 548 wreck in the UK
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Click here for video of the 2003 reunion on the Outer Island
Updated 5/8/2002 with video of LCT 103
New video added 5/31/2002
Video clips of the LCT Mk 6 assembly line at Mare Island Shipyard From the National Archives and Records Administration at College Park, MD. Thanks to the efforts of Ron Swanson.
|The LCT Story: Victory in Europe Plus t he Letters of a Young Ensign
by William D. Baker
LCTs (Landing Craft, Tanks) were crucial fighting vessels in the amphibious warfare of World War II, but until now no separate history had been written of their use in European landings.
"The LCT Story and Victory in Europe" tells how LCTs were used in the Atlantic and Mediterranean theaters. It includes perspectives by Admirals Hewitt, Kirk, and Lowry, and by on-the-spot commanders in charge of assault waves at Omaha Beach and Southern France.
But the essence of the record is in the immediacy of the authentic action reports of dozens of young navel officers as they hit the beach. Here is true history in the making, war reporting as vivid as we are likely to find. Until 1972 the action reports as well as some statements from the admirals and commanders were classified secret. I discovered them in the naval archives only recently.
Following the LCT story is a collection of sixty-four annotated letters that I sent home from the Mediterranean in 1944-45 when I was an LCT skipper. I served on Lcts 1040, 34, and 1045. Over thirty-five photographs enhance the text.
To order a copy call (toll free) The Xlibris Corporation, 1-888-795-4274. click on www.Xlibris.com
The Amphibians Are Coming!
A great new book by William L. McGee
The objective of this book—the first of three volumes on the amphibious operations in the South Pacific—is to provide a close-up look at the most prevalent of the revolutionary World War II shore-to- shore landing craft and the unsung heroes that manned them.
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Volume II, the Solomons Campaigns is now available
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Quoted from the introduction in the book TO FOREIGN SHORES
U.S. Amphibious Operations in World War II By John A. Lorelli.
"Everyone interested in World War II history knows American soldiers and marines made many amphibious landings, often against fierce opposition. But most people know little about the men and the craft used to land the troops. The reason amphibious forces have remained comparatively unsung is clear: amphibious warfare is simply not glamorous. Ships that lift assault forces are large and clumsy, lacking the sleek lines of destroyers or the formidable presence of the aircraft carrier. While combat and news photographers were usually present in droves to record landings, far fewer stayed to cover the mundane task of unloading supplies."
As in the book this web page seeks to redress this imbalance.
If your link is no longer listed here, that just means it has been given a permanent link. For off site amphibious links check the amphibious links page
Korean and Vietnam era veterans, your input is needed to complete the post WWII history of these crafts. Although most if not all of the LCT Mk 5s where discarded at the end of WWII, the LCT Mk 6s continued in service well into the 1970s under its new designation as LCU (501 class). This class included the numbers LCU 501 to 1465, however in the late 1960s in Vietnam some of these LCUs where again re-designated as YFU (class 1). This class included YFUs 1 to 69. The first post WWII LCUs where built in the early 1950s from the original blueprints of the WWII LCT Mk 5, but with one major improvement, lager crew accommodations. They were designated LCU (1466 class) and numbered 1466 to 1609.
Left is LCT 504 preparing for the Normandy invasion, on the right is YFU 4(former LCT 562) in Vietnam 1970
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