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07-01-2018, 07:20 AM

So for Canada Day, here’s a rather remarkable man. The human embodiment of military hardware...

Léo Major DCM & Bar (January 23, 1921 – October 12, 2008) was a French Canadian soldier in the Régiment de la Chaudière in World War II. He was the only Canadian and one of only three soldiers in the British Commonwealth to ever receive the Distinguished Conduct Medal twice in separate wars.[1]

On the night of April 13, 1945, Major single-handedly liberated the city of Zwolle in the Netherlands from German army occupation.[2] This action earned him his first Distinguished Conduct Medal. He received his second DCM during the Korean War for leading the capture of a key hill. A documentary movie, « Léo Major, le fantôme borgne » has been produced in Montreal (Qc).

07-01-2018, 08:24 AM
Fascinating story, and one that should be shared with non-Francophones as well.
I hope they can find the resources to at least upload a subtitled version to YouTube.

07-01-2018, 04:16 PM
He sounds like an impressive man. Hopefully they will put something out in English.