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Private Leo Major - The One-eyed Ghost

Victory in Europe Day

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue April 29, 2020
Year 2020
Quantity 650,000
Current monetary value: $0.92.
Series Victory in Europe Day
Series Time Span 2020
Postal Administration Canada

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Booklet of 10 Stamps

Quantity Produced - 130,000
Current Purchase Price: Only available to paid users
Original Purchase Price: $9.20
Perforation: Simulated perforation
Dimension: 40 mm x 32 mm
Printer: Lowe-Martin
Printing Process: Lithography in 4 colours
Gum Type: Pressure sensitive
Tagging: General tagging, four sides
Paper: Tullis Russell
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Official First Day Cover

Quantity Produced - 7,000
Current Purchase Price: Only available to paid users
Original Purchase Price: $1.92
Cancellation Location: Montréal QC
Dimension: 190 mm x 112 mm
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About Stamp

In April 1945, Private Léo Major, known as the “One-eyed Ghost” after losing partial vision during D-Day battles, and Corporal Welly Arsenault volunteered to scout the German-occupied Dutch town of Zwolle. Enraged by the fatal shooting of his comrade just hours into the mission, Major took up Arsenault’s weapons and charged the town alone – running through the streets with “a burst of fire, a couple of grenades and a lot of loud noise.” He created the impression of a full-fledged attack, capturing dozens of prisoners and later setting fire to the local Gestapo headquarters. The ruse worked, and the Germans fled. Major was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for single-handedly liberating Zwolle, where a street now bears his name.

About Stamp Series

On May 8, 2020, we mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe – a milestone known as Victory in Europe Day. More than one million brave Canadians who served in the conflict helped make the victory possible – as did everyone on the home front whose efforts kept the economy going and provided food, munitions and other critical supplies to the armed forces. To mark this significant anniversary, Canada Post issued a pair of stamps. They tell the stories of two Canadians who exemplified the courage, determination and sacrifice that helped secure the victory in Europe.


Design: Ivan Novotny, Taylor|Sprules Corporation Stamp photos: Léo Major – Nationaal Militair Museum (Soest, Netherlands); courtesy of the Major family; © Jan Kranendonk | Veronica Foster – Library and Archives Canada, National Film Board of Canada.

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