And only 35 were running at the end of the operation. LVT Tarawa WWII boat mines Captain Thomas Royster and Corporal Lambert Lane The majority(430) were older models, only 213 were the newer LVT-4s. The Battle of Saipan and Operation Forager Leyte??? Really? They only added some 3,100 LVTs to the inventory during June, July, August, and September... The Pacific War Online Encyclopedia: LVT Class, Allied Landing Craft Where were the coral reefs that prevented the LCVPs from landing at D-Day located? Again, where are those pesky reefs surrounding the D-Day beaches located? Omaha will not be any less bloody with one battalion more of LVTs... Couple hundred...The Marines had more. The European guys didn't need them, the Pacific guys did...Those pesky coral reefs again...The European guys didn't have to contend with them. Unfortunately, those darn pesky coral reefs made LVTs a necessity for success in the Pacific...The lack of coral reefs on the French Coast made LVTs a luxury in Europe.