Leadership, Management and Command: Rethinking D-Day by K. Grint

By K. Grint

The writer argues that the successes and screw ups of D-Day, on either side, can't be defined just by evaluating the competing techniques of every part. as a substitute he presents an account of the go through the overarching nature of the connection among the leaders and their fans.

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For that, the Allies would also have to assault and take Antwerp or Le Havre, themselves very heavily defended. 65 Ironically, despite all this, the German High Command still believed that Calais would be the prime target, if for no other reason than that it was the direct route to the Rhine, the Ruhr and Berlin. 66 Since port facilities would be necessary to re-supply an invasion two other alternatives were Le Havre, or the Cotentin peninsular and Cherbourg; certainly there were few other ports worth considering.

That meant using some form of natural barrier to inhibit German troop and armour movement and using air attacks to disrupt road and rail transport networks. So extensive were the defences at the Pas de Calais that even the most aggressive American commanders regarded an invasion here as impossible, or at least extremely costly in human and material losses. 64 Anyway, the Pas de Calais contained high cliffs, narrow beaches and few beach exits, making an assault even more precarious. Additionally, the port facilities of Calais, and the adjacent facilities of Boulogne, were regarded as inadequate in themselves to support an army all the way to Berlin.

While boxers sometimes knock their opponents out in the first round this is an unusual occurrence and the more traditional strategy is to wear the opponent down through attrition by delivering a series 23 24 LEADERSHIP AND WICKED PROBLEMS of body and head blows to the point where either a points victory is assured or the opponent is weakened to the point of collapse. Karate, on the other hand, is premised on a first knockout blow because there maybe no time for a second or subsequent attack. Of course, sport karate has minimized this in the same way that boxing has altered bare-knuckle fighting, but in essence the karateka – a practitioner of karate – should be intent on stopping an opponent with a first and decisive blow.

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