Harold Alexander

British military commander and field marshal; Governor General of Canada (1891-1969)

Field Marshal Harold Rupert Leofric George Alexander, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis, (10 December 189116 June 1969) was a senior officer of the British Army who served with distinction in both World War I and World War II and, afterwards, as Governor General of Canada, the 17th since Canadian Confederation.


  • No other troops in the world but German paratroops could have stood up to such an ordeal and then gone on fighting with such ferocity.
    • Quoted in Peter Caddick-Adams: "Monte Cassino: Ten Armies in Hell" (Oxford University Press, 2013) p. 289.

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