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Badass Week: Leo Major and His Balls of Solid Steel

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Today I Found Out (2 months ago)
Now that you know the story of Leo Major and his balls of solid steel check out this video and find out about Forgotten History- The Battleship Built in Union Square: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWa1kXzCk9g
Neurofied Yamato (20 hours ago)
A true one man army.
Ruben Reis (6 days ago)
Why the hell has noone made a movie about him!? All these remakes and we have astounding great real life stories right here!
Jeff Mecham (7 days ago)
Fucking lol
username (7 days ago)
What an absolute mad lad
Agentflash18462 (7 days ago)
What a mad lad
pepe6666 (9 days ago)
Man talk about an impressive set of balls. He must have been young to die in 2008.
ttrev007 (12 days ago)
You made one error. There was one casualty. His buddy.
naveen sharma (12 days ago)
Gary Daniel (13 days ago)
These stories like this are why I love this channel. Canadians liberated my mother's hometown of Groningen. They put a couple soldiers up in their home. Before that her school was the German Barracks at night. She can't relate stories without tears flowing to this day. I recorded an interview for a Warfare class Sac State. Rare glimpse into civilian life under Nazi occupation. I should publish it. Canadians really are loved in The Netherlands. So few left who did so much against that bastard and his minions. Much honour to Canada! When will you folks get rid of your liberal idiot government? You are going to lose the freedoms you spilt blood for in Europe and elsewhere for strangers. Don't go down without a fight! GD
Jeff Palmer (14 days ago)
Great story, thanks.
Arnav (18 days ago)
Sorry he had major big balls of titanium!!!! In a sack made of carbon fiber to hold those in position,🤣🤣🤣
Felipe Matheus (1 month ago)
Suvam kumar Sarangi (1 month ago)
His name is rank
Angry Irishman (1 month ago)
This is by far the manliest Canadian in history...
Chance1957 (1 month ago)
Sounds very exaggerated...
TheAKgunner (1 month ago)
+Chance1957 I was joking. Go look it up. It's a terrific read.
Chance1957 (1 month ago)
TheAKgunner Ok I won’t.
TheAKgunner (1 month ago)
+Chance1957 If you think this is exaggerated, then don't read the Badass of the Week article on him.
Chance1957 (1 month ago)
TheAKgunner Just like John Kerry’s 3 Purple Hearts, and the American snipers heroics? I have no doubt this guy was a legitimate hero, (unlike Kerry) but the telling of his story just sounds very exaggerated. By the way here is some advice, don’t let Hollywood teach you history.
TheAKgunner (1 month ago)
+Chance1957 No, but there were plenty of eye witnesses to each event spoken of in this video to prove they really happened.
Just Jess Stuff (1 month ago)
Your pronunciation of Zwolle is adorable
Laurence Moore (1 month ago)
The man chuck norris turns to for advice.
Martin Lo (1 month ago)
Like Michael Bisping!
Excalibur (1 month ago)
This guy deserves the VC
andrew flynn (1 month ago)
He's a Newfoundlander his regiment the Royal newfoundland regiment sufferd the most casualties in the Canadian forces per capita.
Cascadian Rangers (1 month ago)
There is still a street in Zwolle named after Leo Major, and the mayor awarded an honorary citizenship in appreciation of the lone liberator.
steve g (1 month ago)
He was a great judge of character as well apparently? Montgomery was a fraud - incompetent is being kind.
Paul Dufresne (1 month ago)
Enweille tabarnak skin moer sa s'té krauts la mon Major!!
Fred Smith (1 month ago)
What a fanciful nonsensical tale
Shawn Newell (2 months ago)
Wow. This guy definitely had nerves of steel.
BCOutdoorsman (2 months ago)
ww1 Francis Pegahmagabow
Kevin Gaus (2 months ago)
Impressive. Never knew this. Thanks.
qwerty 13420 (2 months ago)
Canadian Propaganda- I call bullshit
Rodger P (2 months ago)
One other thing about him, when he died in 2008, he was survived by his wife of 57 years.  Many marriages today don't go 5 years, this husband and wife stayed together for over 11 times that long.
Jack Bean (2 months ago)
Major is John Wick father.....
Eric Lamoureux (2 months ago)
For a small country to become Quebec is good at a lot of things!!!!
Tron Deusenheimer (2 months ago)
It was liberated with 1 casualty, actually--that of Willy.
Brahmzy (2 months ago)
I had no idea Chuck Norris had a brother
Peter John Zielinski (2 months ago)
His balls werent steel.. they were made from Zeus's own skin!
join the conversation (2 months ago)
When the enemy encounters what appears to be a MAD-MAN? The figure that discretion is the better part of valor and RETREAT! The man was an absolute MARVEL!
Max Payne (2 months ago)
now that right there is a man every soldier strives to be as badass as.
Johnny Nuke (2 months ago)
Balls of steel? Nah. Balls of pure tungsten, more like.
Jasper Auld (2 months ago)
He looks like BJ Blaskowicz from fucking Wolfenstein lol. Suiting.
divine0dude (2 months ago)
he kind of looks like the punisher
Discord Lexia (2 months ago)
He who dares, wins.
Michael McNaught (2 months ago)
Clicked thinking this video was going to be about Lee Majors...
Guillaume Brière (2 months ago)
My grandfather was in that regiment 😶
math2222322 (2 months ago)
The new name of a one man army
math2222322 (2 months ago)
math2222322 (2 months ago)
He did not mention that Major broke his back in normandy. the same back which he later use to carry the single wounded soldier from hill 335 back to base
math2222322 (2 months ago)
That guy has been my hero for so many years and the reason why i enlisted in the Canadian armed forces. Honorable and brave
Alfmanist (2 months ago)
Simon your videos are bloody excellent mate, please do a video on Charles Upham VC and Bar, the only ever combat trade soldier to earn two Victoria Crosses.
cody collins (2 months ago)
And he never got a Victoria Cross how
Sylvain Boucher (2 months ago)
Probably cuz he told mongomery to shove the dc medal up his ass.. he was very humble never told his story became a simple pipe fitter. He died almost unknown. Only when a zwolle mission was sent to quebec to find him for a ceremony we found out his story. Sadly he passed away a few years ago. Probably lots of guys like him. Real vet heros dont brag or wright books or make idiot movies with walberges and Coopers.
Ezekiel Martin (2 months ago)
Really interesting video, but dude... let THIS IS SPARTA die... please...
Trustworthy McLegitimate (2 months ago)
The Greatest King of the Hill
TheRealChubDaddy (2 months ago)
No military casualties? Except the dead German soldiers? If we're not counting the "bad guys", what about his dead friend?
teddy bear (2 months ago)
Leo major has been my hero for years glad some one else a knowledge him
Winter Weasel (2 months ago)
quebec motherfuckers! par la puissance du syrop d'érable tabarnak!!!!!!!!!!!
xanbex (2 months ago)
Wow !
Ralius (2 months ago)
Father was still not impressed...
Do one on saku koivu, the finnish viking that conquered three million men all by himself!
Ray Zaki V. Naringahon (2 months ago)
This is Sparta!!!!
adamshattuck1985 (2 months ago)
saint or bloodlust? true gaurdmans of the emperor or pawn of khorne?
Sylvain Boucher (2 months ago)
adamshattuck1985 just a quebecer...
[]HĒŁŁ [] KNĪGHT [] (3 months ago)
Huh.. I think that guy is like me... *_Run up and go insane toward everyone but instead I die instantaneous._*
Shan (2 months ago)
I drink a pint in your honor!
[]HĒŁŁ [] KNĪGHT [] (2 months ago)
Shan eyyy were like brothers! 😂😂😂😂😂
Shan (2 months ago)
Reminds me of myself, in so many ways!
Michael Burton (3 months ago)
It’s like he got a flashing star Power-Up from Mario Bros at the start of the game and it didn’t time out for the entire game. Too bad he didn’t live to be 100. Among other things, he could’ve donated an afternoon of his time and retrieved the formerly elusive bin Laden.
T0xic (3 months ago)
InternetPerson (3 months ago)
Andrew Green (3 months ago)
he is pro in fortnite, 100+ kills gameplay. He likes to duo with Willy
Lrd. Suckme (3 months ago)
I came here to comment about the title.
Herald of Chaos (3 months ago)
Man, the Canadians have a reputation for producing stone-cold badasses. No wonder Commander Shepard was able to save the galaxy.
That Guy (3 months ago)
testament to the fact that if you're fearless enough, you can do literally anything. treating real war like a video game is apparently a lot easier than i thought
JangaMaster (3 months ago)
How did he even walk around with balls that huge ??
Christian Serrano (3 months ago)
Movie!!!! This need to be made into a movie!!!!
Orrin Young (3 months ago)
that how we canucks do.
Anthony Dodge (3 months ago)
I was already impressed with this guy, and then to hear he rejected a medal in protest of Montgomery's incompetence... BRILLIANT. Montgomery is the most overrated boob, perhaps in all of military history. He gets credited with El Alamein, which was actually someone else's battle plan (and Rommel was not even there to command the German troops), then his own two offensives- Market-Garden and the Scheldt, were fiascos because of his poor decision making in the planning stages. Add to that he was given the easiest beach to land at in Sicily and Normandy, and still failed to accomplish the objectives in the desired time frame (He was to take Caen in 3 days, it took him 30). Then he took credit for the American victory in the Battle of the Bulge. He was a prick from the word go.
alex erny (3 months ago)
Who would win? Thousands of German and Chinese Troops One Canadian Boi w/ maybe a few other guys
Ted Cameron (3 months ago)
You beat me to it at the end, lol. I was going to saw that he sounded like a modern day Spartan. :~)
Comrade Eakon (3 months ago)
Solid steel? My balls are made of diamond!
SantaClaus IsReal (3 months ago)
Good old Canadian boy
Joe Mama (4 months ago)
Well… with a name like that!
tacoman javier (4 months ago)
Yeah he's got big balls and a damn horseshoe up his rear end
Okami_No _Heishi (4 months ago)
Why don't kids idolize men like this anymore? Instead they idolize people like movie stars and rap stars. Wtf!?
TheSpoonKing (4 months ago)
I've always respected Leo Major, but I've never agreed with him. Bernard Montgomery was probably the most intelligent of the Allied High Commanders, and all honorable soldiers on both sides deserve respect. Most soldiers from every nation fought for their country and it's people, not their government.
Sylvain Boucher (4 months ago)
TheSpoonKing unfortunatly the british army had a bad rep with ther colonial recrutes after the failed dieppe raid. French canadians felt like they were canon fodder.
Josh Petitt (4 months ago)
This needs to be a movie. John McClane who?
micahel schmidt (4 months ago)
His father was like wrong kid died.
frank van ommen (4 months ago)
That moment you realize you have never heard of him and you live in zwolle
Sweeptheleg ! (4 months ago)
All that and all he got was a freakin medal? Shoulda had a city named after him.
Sweeptheleg ! (4 months ago)
When I first read the title and before I even clicked on it I thought, "Balls of steel? He's gotta be from Texas."
A new Day (4 months ago)
Holy shit.
Evanston Conner (4 months ago)
Kurt Vonfricken (4 months ago)
I thought this video was about the six million dollar man
first burning the white house down, now this? well, usa has big mouth and canada has big balls.
CrazyBear65 (4 months ago)
The men and women who fought in WW2, my dad and his generation, most of them are gone now, may they rest in peace. Those still living are deserving of respect. My dad was in the battle of the bulge. He drove an ambulance. A bullet pierced his helmet, grazed his scalp, and out the other side. Knocked his helmet off. He kept on driving. He didn't get a medal for it. He was on guard duty at a MASH unit, and he killed a German commando. He didn't get a medal for that either. He was just doing what needed done. I don't care what anybody says, that's fuckin badass.
bbonner422 (3 months ago)
CrazyBear65 My great-uncle was a bombardier in the Italian campaign and his plane got severely damaged and the steering cables snapped. He went into the compartment with the steering cables and grabbed them and for two hours pretty much got the plane back to base. He was awarded the distinguished flying cross for that. He was later shot down over the Atlantic Ocean and was never seen again. You can see his name on the wall of the missing in the Sicily-American war cemetery in Nettuno, Italy. He was featured in a cartoon called Camel’s hero of the week. My other great grandpa was shot in the knee in the battle of the bulge, the other one won the Bronze Star for his actions in the Netherlands, I haven’t read the citation for it in a while so I forget what it was for I’ll have to ask my grandma.
Arty (4 months ago)
All I'm picturing is some guy running down the street, screaming in a French and underhanding grenades in one hand and madly firing a Thompson with the other
Stephen Hughes (4 months ago)
Ma Hobgood (4 months ago)
"Hi you're going to be bombed at midnight" *le walks out door proceeding to shoot a machine gun and tossing grenades*
Wolfgang Von Zubaz (4 months ago)
I read about Leo Major for the first time 8 years ago on Cracked, an American comedy site, titled: "The 5 Most Epic One Man Rampages In the History Of War". Not in the Toronto Star, Globe & Mail, CBC, CTV, or Canadian history class growing up... a fucking comedy site
Sylvain Boucher (4 months ago)
Wolfgang Von Zubaz Also almost 93 000 canadians served in ww2. Imagine how many more stories like this has been forgoten.
Sylvain Boucher (4 months ago)
Wolfgang Von Zubaz Leo Major has an amazing military record, but he was very humble and a private personne. Also he wasn't american and spoke french. Much of french canadian history was lost in translation.
Gord Snieder (4 months ago)
Your vulgar heading turns the story into YT clickbait and disrespects Léo's memory.
Paul Dalton (4 months ago)
Speed much
Conan LeBarbare (5 months ago)
Its sad how he died kinda forgotten by even the quebec people. I learned about him from the internet circa 2009 :(
Bobbadelic (5 months ago)
I assume he was the inspiration for the Wolfenstein games
Joseph Raymer (5 months ago)
Damn, is he what Punisher is based on?
chatotalks (5 months ago)
& yet canadians are mocked for being "too nice"...
Dave Sykes (5 months ago)
the background music/piano is distracting and loud. Good video though. Major was a natural. Québecois make great soldiers.

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