- Second World War (1939-1945)
- 7th Canadian Infantry Brigade, 3rd Canadian Infantry Division (7th Canadian Infantry Brigade, 3rd Canadian Infantry Division)
This officer's part in the planning, training for, and execution of the assault landings in Normandy was noteworthy. After the initial stages of the operation his brigade, the 7 Canadian Infantry Brigade, was continually and savagely counter-attacked; it lost over 1,200 men in the first few days but never gave up any ground; on the contrary under Brigadier Foster's inspired leadership this brigade held steadfastly and inflicted severe casualties upon the Germans, forcing them to withdraw. As the battle developed towards Caen this formation was given many heavy tasks including that of capturing part of Caen and later that of holding all of the city and area which had been a two division front. This was most successfully accomplished and at the appropriate moment the brigade with great dash seized the crossings of the River Orne at Vaucelles. Throughout all these and subsequent operations this officer's quiet determination, confidence and coolness under fire were an inspiration to his commanders and men. His example and devotion to duty have had a very marked influence on his brigade's successful operations; they bear the hallmark of a courageous and determined commander. Brigadier Foster's conduct throughout is in accord with the best traditions of the Canadian Army.