|Daniel Charles Spry|
|Born||February 4, 1913
|Years of service||1932 - 1946|
|Commands held||3rd Infantry Division|
|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.
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. 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. 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.
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