Normandy:Breakout to Entrapment

This 3.5 day program examines leadership in the Allied and German efforts involved in the aftermath of the D-Day Invasion.  The generally accepted interpretation of activity related to the Invasion concludes that approximately 90 percent of the planning that went into the effort focused on gaining a lodgment on the shores of Normandy, and that very little consideration went into planning beyond the D-Day objectives.  This study of leadership focuses on Phases II and III of the Campaign for Normandy, generally called the Breakout from the Bocage and the Entrapment in the Chambois Corridor.

The capture of Cherbourg and the rapid movement of American armies down the Cotentin Peninsula toward Brittany, and Patton’s rapid move to the East following Operation Cobra, are hallmarks of the Breakout.   Montgomery’s capture of Caen and redirection of his forces inland in a series of operations toward Falaise on the main route to Paris, and the rapid advance of Canadian and Polish armored divisions toward the West to meet with Patton’s army, marked the Entrapment of over 250,000 German soldiers in an area known as the Falaise Pocket.


Who Should Attend

The leadership training principles and concepts presented through the Normandy Leadership Training Experience can be tailored to meet the needs of the highest level senior leaders to the less-experienced yet rising leaders within an organization.  The Normandy Leadership Training Experience program offers universal leadership themes upon which any leader will find beneficial to his or her career growth and/or organizational aspirations.  However, this being said, the Normandy Leadership Training Experience will be highly beneficial for leaders of large, complex and multi-national or multi-cultural organizations experiencing tremendous change, and/or professionals who are charged with leading team(s) of the same nature.


METHODOLOGY & DELIVERY

This 3.5 day program examines leadership in the Allied and German efforts involved in the aftermath of the D-Day Invasion.  The generally accepted interpretation of activity related to the Invasion concludes that approximately 90 percent of the planning that went into the effort focused on gaining a lodgment on the shores of Normandy, and that very little consideration went into planning beyond the D-Day objectives. This study of leadership focuses on Phases II and III of the Campaign for Normandy, generally called the Breakout from the Bocage and the Entrapment in the Chambois Corridor.

 

Lodging is at the five-star luxury Chateau La Cheneviere near Bayeux in the middle of the invasion front, and meals are taken at La Cheneviere as well as noted nearby restaurants along the Calvados coast.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Preparation and Pre-Reading

Stephen Ambrose’s D-Day: The Climactic Battle of WWII is strongly recommended reading prior to the session. We also recommend watching “Saving Private Ryan” or the early episodes of Band of Brothers, the HBO miniseries, and/or, if you are really motivated and like black and white cinema, Darryl Zanuck’s “The Longest Day”.