I recently returned from a wonderful trip to London and Paris with my wife, our first outside of the U.S. and Canada. On our trip we went on the tour of the Normandy Beaches which included the Memorial at Caen. At the Memorial they showed a movie about D-Day and I was struck by the sheer magnitude of the effort including the ships, planes and vehicles needed to support the effort. It brought alive all the words we read about how TWI made the war effort possible by increasing productivity among a workforce new to the workplace. The sheer numbers involved in the invasion were daunting enough and then multiply that by the numbers of ships, tanks and planes in the Pacific and elsewhere and you begin to get an idea of the sacrifice needed to make this happen. It also helped me to understand why, whenever we talk about TWI to the uninitiated, we can’t help but bring up how it began, in earnest, as way to bring war time production up to the levels needed with the workforce available. We are now facing a crisis in our economy, in manufacturing and in healthcare where, once again, if the commitment is made to improve productivity through training using TWI principles, there is no challenge we can’t meet.