A month later Crerar was appointed to command of I Canadian Corps in the UK; he took that formation to Italy in November 1943. He was brought back to England to lead the First Canadian Army in the invasion of France. Promoted full general on 21 November 1944, he commanded the field army throughout the northwest Europe campaign. He retired in October 1946. Although Crerar was an excellent staff officer, he was a mediocre commander, and Field Marshal Montgomery, under whose command First Canadian Army served, had little confidence in him.
Author BRERETON GREENHOUS
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