c.1942: Wojtek, the Soldier Bear ‘Wojtek (1942–1963) was a Syrian brown bear cub found in Iran and adopted by soldiers of the 22nd Artillery Supply Company of the Polish II Corps. He enjoyed wrestling and was taught to salute when greeted. He travelled to Iraq, Syria, Palestine and Egypt. He was officially drafted into the Polish Army as a private. During the Battle of Monte Cassino, Wojtek helped move ammunition. Demobilization on November 15, 1947, Wojtek was given to the Edinburgh Zoo
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THE POLISH ARMY IN THE MIDDLE EAST, 1942-1943
Wojtek (Voytek), a mascot bear of the 22nd Transport Artillery Company (Army Service Corps, 2nd Polish Corps) being fed by one of the Company's soldiers.
The Incredible Story of Wojtek, the Soldier Bear
An Iranian boy found a Syrian brown bear cub in 1942, and sold it to the 22nd Artillery Supply Company of the Polish II Corps for canned meat. That's how the story of the most famous military animal started.
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