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Caen 1944: Montgomery's break-out attempt by Ken Ford

By Ken Ford

One of many key pursuits of British forces on D-Day used to be the trap of the strategically very important urban of Caen. common Montgomery observed Caen because the key to Normandy and the springboard for the Allied breakout, yet so did the Germans and town didn't fall. It took 3 significant offensives and greater than 30 bloody days of fight to ultimately take Caen. within the approach the town was once controversially devastated and its civilian inhabitants decimated. The Allies paid a excessive fee for Caen however the bad German casualties bled their forces in Normandy white and helped open the best way for the yank breakout in Operation Cobra.

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Schonberger's list is an extension of work originally conducted by Garvin. It is interesting to note the prominence that Schonberger assigns to rapid changeover as part of his categorization. Williams, B. R. (1996). Op. tit. ref. 10. Williams provides a succinct overview of what is meant by 'quality' in terms of customer satisfaction, citing the work of Garvin, Crosby and Juran. Slack, N. (1991). Op. cir. ref. 29. Hayes, R. H. and Pisano, G. P. (1994). Beyond world class: the new manufacturing strategy.

Free Press, New York. 41 Gerwin, D. (1993). Op. cit. ref. 27. 42 Son, Y. K. and Park, C. S. (1987). Economic measure of productivity, quality and flexibility in advanced manufacturing systems. Journal of Manufacturing Systems, 6, No. 3, 193-207. The difficulty of measuring changing flexibility is described also elsewhere in this chapter. The Son and Park paper is an example of how the problem of quantifying enhanced flexibility can be tackled, although by no means every aspect of flexibility has been addressed (particularly in assessing offensive opportunities).

The impact of just-in-time on production system performance: an analytical framework. Int. J. of Operations and Production Management, 9, No. 8, 40-62. 58 Gunneson, A. O. (1996). Op. cit. ref. 32. This is an extension of a theme presented by Gunneson. See also note 65 (Schonberger) and note 66 (Williams) below. 59 Bartezzaghi, E. and Turco, F. (1989). Op. tit. ref. 57. Many commentators and academics isolate volume flexibility as a component of manufacturing or overall business flexibility, as here, for example, by Bartezzaghi and Turco.

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