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Christopher Vokes

Canadian general

Died when: 80 years 348 days (971 months)
Star Sign: Aries


Christopher Vokes

Major General Christopher Vokes CB, CBE, DSO, CD (13 April 1904 – 27 March 1985) was a senior Canadian Army officer who fought in World War II.

He commanded the 2nd Canadian Infantry Brigade during the Allied invasion of Sicily.Promoted to major-general, he led the 1st Canadian Infantry Division through several battles in the Italian campaign.

This included fierce house-to-house fighting in the Battle of Ortona and the advance north to the Hitler Line.In 1944, he took over command of the 4th Canadian Armoured Division and fought in the Battle of the Hochwald.

During the latter stages of this battle he ordered his division to raze the German town of Friesoythe.The division subsequently destroyed around 85–90% of the town and used the rubble to make good the cratered local roads.

After the war, Vokes commanded the Canadian Army Occupation Force in Europe, before returning to Canada to undertake further command assignments.

He retired in 1959 and died in 1985 at the age of 80.

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