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Harry Crerar

Canadian WWII General Harry Crerar

Full Name: Henry Duncan Graham Crerar
Profession: Canadian WWII General

Nationality:
Canada
Canadian

Why Famous: Crerar became Canada's leading World War II general, commanding the First Canadian Army during operations in Europe. Prior to assuming this role he was Chief of the General Staff and was later General Officer Commanding of the I Canadian Corps. In this role he briefly fought in Italy.

During the invasion of Normandy, Crerar commanded the First Canadian Army at the Battle of the Falaise Pocket and clearing the Channel Coast. They then went on to participate in the invasion of Germany and the liberation of the Netherlands.

Post-war he held a number of diplomatic postings on behalf of Canada.

Born: April 28, 1888
Birthplace: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Taurus

Died: April 1, 1965 (aged 76)

Events in the Life of Harry Crerar