A lot of people won’t have heard of Leo Major (1921-2008), who fought in WWII, with Le Regiment de la Chaudiere. Wounded on D-Day, and losing a lot of sight in one eye, he went on to become a sniper (!). At one point he also had his back fractured in a couple of places during an attack on a convoy he was in, and refused medical treatment, and headed back into battle.

In 1944, during the Battle of Scheldt, he single-handedly captured 93 (!) German soldiers, through a series of misunderstandings, scamming skills, and balls of steel.

In 1945, he single-handedly (again) liberated the Dutch city of Zwolle, again using the skills of a master con-man, and then just running around doing a lot shooting with captured weapons and throwing of grenades, which convinced the Germans that a battalion was invading.

About 10 years later, in Korea, Major lead a platoon of about 20 other Canadian soldiers, and in a 3 day battle captured a hill (why is it always a hill?), and held off 2 divisions of Chinese soldiers. A division is between 10,000 and 20,000 soldiers.

He received two Distinguished Conduct Medals.

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