Daniel Spry

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Daniel Charles Spry
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MGen Daniel Charles Spry CBE DSO CD
Born February 4, 1913
Died 1989 (aged 75–76)
Allegiance  Canada
Service/branch  Canadian Army
Years of service 1932 - 1946
Rank Major General
Commands held 3rd Infantry Division
Battles/wars Sicily
Awards CBE
Other work Chief Executive Commissioner of the Scout Movement in Canada

Major-General Daniel Charles Spry CBE DSO CD was the Canadian commander of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division during Operation Veritable in World War II. He was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on February 4, 1913 and died in 1989.[1]

War service[edit]

In 1943, Spry commanded the 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment and then the 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade, in Italy. In 1944, he commanded the 12th Canadian Infantry Brigade. Later, in 1944, he took charge of the 3rd Canadian Division, in North-West Europe, until the end of the Rhineland Campaign.[2] The commander of II Canadian Corps, Guy Simonds, was dissatisfied with Spry's performance during the assaults on heavily defended woodland near Moyland, southeast of Kleve and later on the Hochwald, saying that he "lacked quick tactical appreciation and robust drive in ... urgent tactical situations". In turn, Spry felt that neither Simonds nor Crerar fully understood the situation "at the sharp end of battle". Simonds was adamant that Spry should go but Crerar was more sympathetic and he campaigned for Spry's appointment to the Canadian Reinforcement Units in Britain, appreciating Spry's ability as a trainer of soldiers (endorsed by Simonds) and the value of having a battle experienced officer in that role.[3][4] Spry was relieved of command of the 3rd Division at the end of Operation Blockbuster and he duly left for Britain to command the Canadian Reinforcement Units.


In 1946, Spry became Vice-Chief of the General Staff at National Defence HQ in Ottawa[1] and retired later that year.[2]

In 1969, Spry presented the Major-General D.C. Spry Trophy, an annual small arms competition for the Royal Canadian Regiment.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Major-General D.C. Spry". Canada in WWII. Retrieved June 1, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Ammentorp, Steen (2000–2009). "Major-General D.C. Spry". Canadian Generals. generals.dk. Retrieved June 1, 2009. 
  3. ^ Dickson, Paul Douglas (2007). A thoroughly Canadian general. University of Toronto Press. Retrieved June 3, 2009. 
  4. ^ Copp, J. T.; Richard Nielsen (1996). No price too high: Canadians and the Second World War. McGraw-Hill Ryerson. Retrieved June 3, 2009. 
  5. ^ "The Major-General D.C. Spry Trophy". Royal Canadian Regiment. 2009. Retrieved June 1, 2009.