This book describes the special story of Léo Major and follows him via the landing beaches in Normandy, to the polder battles in muddy Zeeland Flanders, the harsh winter in Berg en Dal and the liberation of Zutphen and Zwolle.
The stories in the exhibition Him or me are the result of extensive research into both main characters. The book ‘Blind Fury’ focuses extensively on the story of Léo Major.
(only available in Dutch)
Léo Major (1921 – 2008) grew up in a working-class neighbourhood in the French-speaking part of Montréal during the greatest economic crisis of the 20th century. In 1940, at the age of 19, he voluntarily enlisted in the Canadian army. He is assigned to the Régiment de la Chaudière and receives training as a connector in England. Here he befriends Welly Arseneault for life. On June 6, 1944 (D-Day), Léo and Welly land with thousands of other Canadians at Juno Beach on the Normandy coast. A story full of emotion: about nighttime reconnaissance, battlefield injuries, the loss of a friend and heroism.
Dick van Wageningen
Nationaal Militair Museum
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