Allard, Jean Victor
Jean Victor Allard, soldier (b at Saint-Monique de Nicolet, Qué 12 June 1913 - d at Trois-Rivières, Qué, April 23 1996). He was commissioned in the Non-Permanent Active Militia in 1933, served during WWII at the Canadian Army Staff College, Kingston, and in England, Italy (Royal 22e Régiment), Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany (6th Infantry Brigade), finishing with the rank of brigadier. From 1945 to 1948 he was military attaché in Moscow; in 1953 he commanded the 25th Infantry Brigade in Korea and represented Canada at the armistice signing in Panmunjom. He commanded the 4th Division of the British Army of the Rhine (BAOR) from 1961 to 1963, a singular event for a Canadian, and was the first commander of Mobile Command. In July 1966 he was promoted to general and appointed chief of defence staff, the first French Canadian to be thus recognized. He returned in 1969 and published his memoirs in 1985.
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Governor General's appointments to the Order of Canada
Scroll down the page and click on the links to brief biographical notes of recent appointees to the Order of Canada. Click on "Find a Recipient" on the left side of the page to find previous recipients. From the website for the Governor General of Canada.
The Memory Project: Korean War
Listen to interviews with Canadian veterans who provide remarkable first-hand accounts of their military service during the Korean War. See also related digitized artefacts and memorabilia. From the Historica-Dominion Institute.
The Memory Project: Jean Victor Allard
Listen to an interview with Canadian veteran Jean Poulin, who discusses a Second World War military operation in Italy that involved Jean Victor Allard. Also check out related digitized artefacts and memorabilia. From the Historica-Dominion Institute.