Canada in the Second World War

People

Louis-Philippe Leblanc

Louis-Philippe Leblanc was born on September 26, 1917, in Ville St Laurent, Québec. He deceased on December 16, 2002.

Louis-Philippe LeBlanc volunteered for the Canadian army in 1942. He was assigned to the Royal 22nd Regiment and then transferred to Le Régiment de la Chaudière. He was stationed in England between August 1942 and June 5, 1944. On D-Day, he landed with his regiment on Juno Beach, at Bernières-sur-Mer, with the task of taking the batteries in Bény-sur-Mer. Louis-Philippe LeBlanc then took part in the capture of Carpiquet and the Battle of Caen. He was severely wounded on July 18 by a piece of shrapnel. He returned home on January 6, 1945.

After the war, he refused to stay in the army. He worked as a clerk but was unable to do heavy lifting due to his war injury. He became involved in his community, especially through his work with the St. John Ambulance.

Louis-Philippe LeBlanc was convinced of the need to fight against nazism, but he did not have a grudge against all Germans:

“Germans were not evil, they just had bad leaders.”