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Gracey, Douglas D. (1894-1964)

Gracey commanded 20 Indian Division during most of the Pacific War. Slim had known him before the war and during the Syria campaign, and he considered him a brilliant division commander, "Full of energy and ideas", who enjoyed great loyalty from his Indian and Gurkha troops.

Men are the most precious thing we've got. Use them with the greatest care.

Gracey led the British forces that entered southern French Indochina to disarm the Japanese following the surrender. Though instructed to avoid becoming entangled in local affairs, he felt it necessary to use his forces to maintain some semblance of order, which ended up paving the way for the return of the French and the First Indo-China War.

Service record

1894     

Born
1938
Brigadier      
Staff, Western Command, India
1939

Commander, 2 Battalion, 3 Queen Alexandra's Own Gurkha Rifles
1940

Assistant commandant, Staff College Quetta, India
1941

Commander, 17 Indian Brigade
1942
Major general     
Commander, 20 Indian Division, Burma
1945

Commander, Allied Land Forces French Indochina
1946
Lieutenant general     
Commander, I Indian Corps
1947

Chief, General Staff, Pakistan
1948
General
Commander, Pakistan Army
1951

Retires
1964

Dies

References

Generals.dk (accessed 2008-11-5)

Hammer (1966)

Hastings (2007)

Slim (1956)



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