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Guy Simonds

1903 - 1974

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Lieutenant-General Guy Granville Simonds, (April 23, 1903 – May 15, 1974) was a senior Canadian Army officer who served with distinction during World War II. Acknowledged by many military historians and senior commanders, among them Sir Max Hastings and Field Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery, as one of the best Canadian generals of the war, Simonds, after serving the first few years of the Second World War mainly as a staff officer, commanded the 1st Canadian Infantry Division with distinction in Sicily and Italy from July 1943 until January 1944, and later II Canadian Corps during the Battle of Normandy from June−August 1944 and throughout the subsequent campaign in Western Europe from 1944, towards the end of which he temporarily commanded the First Canadian Army during the Battle of the Scheldt, until victory in Europe Day in May 1945. The historian J. L. Granatstein states the following about Simonds: "No Canadian commander rose higher and faster in the Second World War, and none did as well in action. Simonds owed his success wholly to his own abilities and efforts—and those of the men who served under him."After the end of the war, he went to the Imperial Defence College (IDC) in London, initially as a student and later as an instructor, before returning to Canada to command the National Defence College, Canada. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Guy Simonds has received more than 206,034 page views. His biography is available in 15 different languages on Wikipedia. Guy Simonds is the 1,452nd most popular military personnel, the 3,313th most popular biography from United Kingdom and the 85th most popular British Military Personnel.

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Among military personnels, Guy Simonds ranks 1,452 out of 1,468Before him are Nikola Ivanov, John Shalikashvili, Axel von dem Bussche, Lionel Dunsterville, Ivan Maslennikov, and Walter Krueger. After him are Gaston Billotte, John Bell Hood, Dragan Vasiljković, Gérard Leman, Billy Bishop, and Richard Bong.

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Among people born in 1903, Guy Simonds ranks 228Before him are Wim Anderiesen, Julie Vlasto, Carlos Prío Socarrás, Lajos Steiner, Kea Bouman, and Ronald Syme. After him are Lothar Bolz, Alfredo Copello, Humberto de Araújo Benevenuto, Jeanette MacDonald, Billie Dove, and Igor Newerly. Among people deceased in 1974, Guy Simonds ranks 158Before him are Karl Hohmann, Elisabeth Abegg, Axel Cadier, Francis Blanche, Kick Smit, and Jack Benny. After him are Zaharia Stancu, Ali Mansur, Else Alfelt, Arnaud Denjoy, Ferreira de Castro, and Eduardo Santos.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Guy Simonds ranks 3,313 out of 7,765Before him are Jon Pertwee (1919), George Bass (1771), Tony Benn (1925), Jane March (1973), Nicholas Hoult (1989), and Maureen Starkey Tigrett (1946). After him are Christopher Priest (1943), William Christie (1845), Claire Foy (1984), Jim Bellamy (1881), Sheena Easton (1959), and Max Newman (1897).


Among military personnels born in United Kingdom, Guy Simonds ranks 85Before him are Richard Howe, 1st Earl Howe (1726), Samuel Hood, 1st Viscount Hood (1724), David Stirling (1915), George Brydges Rodney, 1st Baron Rodney (1718), Charles Lee (1731), and Timothy Laurence (1955). After him are Frederick Browning (1896), Frederic Thesiger, 2nd Baron Chelmsford (1827), Harry Patch (1898), Edward Evans, 1st Baron Mountevans (1880), Flora Sandes (1876), and John Byng (1704).