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MGen Norman Elliot Rodger, CBE, CD

RODGER, Norman Elliott, Brigadier - Commander, Order of the British Empire - awarded as per Canada Gazette dated 23 December 1944 and CARO/5235 dated 3 January 1945.

Brigadier Rodger has done outstanding work as Chief of Staff, 2 Canadian Corps, during the training period prior to sailing, in the planning phase of the move of this Corps to France and during operations. The abilities and energies he has applied to his work have been largely responsible for the harmonious and efficient working of Headquarters, 2 Canadian Corps.

RODGER, Norman Elliott, Brigadier, CBE - Mention in Despatches - awarded as per Canada Gazette and CARO/5512, both dated 31 March 1945.

RODGER, Norman Elliot, Brigadier, CBE - Commander of the Order of Orange-Nassau, with Swords (Holland) - awarded as per Canada Gazette dated 22 December 1945 and CARO/6291 dated 24 December 1945; Chief of Staff, 2 Canadian Corps Headquarters.

Brigadier Rodger has made an outstanding contribution to the success of operations in the Netherlands by the able and aggressive manner in which he has carried out his duties as Chief of Staff. The efficient manner in which he has collated and interpreted all available information concerning enemy forces and our own resources and his accurate appreciation of the problems involved has been of considerable assistance to his commander in the planning of operations. His clear interpretation of his commander's plans to lower formations and his constant careful coordinating of their efforts plus those of the supporting arms has done much to ensure the successful liberation of Holland.

RODGER, Norman Elliott, Brigadier, CBE - Legion of Merit, Degree of Commander (United States) - awarded as per Canada Gazette dated 30 March 1946 and CARO/6478 dated 1 April 1946. Recommended by Lieutenant-General G.G. Simonds for services with Headquarters, 2 Canadian Corps; document with Headquarters, First Canadian Army, 15-21 July 1945 when signed off by General H.D.G. Crerar.

During the campaign in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany, Brigadier Rodger served as Chief of Staff with exceptional ability. His sound and accurate appreciation of enemy resources and intentions was of great assistance to his commander in planning the many operations involved; his clear and concise interpretation of his commander's plans to lower formations and his aggressive and constant assistance to them in carrying those plans to completion was a marked contribution to the success of operations. Brigadier Rodger has distinguished himself by his exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services throughout the entire campaign in Northwest Europe.