Alexander continued his military career through various British campaigns across Europe and Asia, in World War II. Alexander was as a high ranking commander in North Africa and Italy. He commanded the 15th
in Sicily and later again in Italy before being made Supreme Allied Commander Mediterranean. Alexander presided over Montgomery’s victory at the Second Battle of El Alamein and the advance of the Eighth Army to Tripoli, for which Alexander was elevated to a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath. Alexander was concurrently promoted to the rank of Field Marshal, though this was backdated to the fall of Rome on 04-06-1944, so that Alexander would once again be senior to Bernard Montgomery
who had himself been made a Field Marshal on 01-09-1944, after the end of the Battle of Normandy. (see Philippe Kieffer
). Franz Gockel
a German Soldier of 726th
claimed to have shot hundreds of American soldiers of the 116th
on Omaha Beach, stationed at his Widerstandnest 62, with his Czech watercooled MG, machinegun, a booty of the Chechian invasion of 1939. A teenage soldier in the Wehrmacht, Gockel had his 18th
birthday while serving as a gunner in a ‘resistance nest’ Nr 62, with 726th
Grenadier Regiment, on Omaha beach. He was shot in the hand and evacuated to Paris before serving again and being captured b y the Americans. After 18 months in custody he was released and returned to his home town of Hamm, where he set up a roofing company and still lives with his wife. Gockel has made regular trips to Normandy since shortly after the war, and has many friends there. Franz Gockel died age
Franz Gockel died age 79, from diabetic, 22-11-2005 in Rhijnern. The 116th
Regiment casualties on D-Day,
KIA: 349, WIA: 422, and MIA: 26, total 797. .
the 1st , nickname “The Big Red One”
, nickname “Blue and Gray”
divisions held positions around Vierville, Saint-Laurent, and Colleville—nowhere near the planned objectives, but they had a toehold. The Americans suffered 2.400 casualties at Omaha on June 6, but by the end of the day they had landed 34.000 troops. The German 352nd
lost 20 percent of its strength, with 1.200 casualties, but it had no reserves coming to continue the fight. Rewarded for his leadership in North Africa and Italy, opponents Generalfeldmarschall der Panzertruppe, Erwin Rommel
and Generalfeldmarschall der Flieger, Albert Kesselring
Alexander, along with a number of other prominent British Second World War military leaders, was elevated to the peerage on 01-03-1946 by King Georg V
he was created Viscount Alexander of Tunis.
Death and burial ground of Alexander, “ Earl of Tunis” Harold Rupert Leofric George.
Alexander retired in 1954 and died 15 years later at the age of 77, on 16-07-1969, after heart failure, when he was interred at Ridge, Hertfordshire. He is buried on