Krystian Słowiński

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Wojtek, bear cub, who was adopted by soldiers of the 22nd Artillery Supply Company of the Polish II Corps.

Wojtek, bear cub, who was adopted by soldiers of the Artillery Supply Company of the Polish II Corps.

‘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. With the company he moved to Iraq and then through 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.    ‘Following demobilization on November 15, 1947, Wojtek was given to the…

‘Wojtek was a Syrian brown bear cub found in Iran and adopted by soldiers of the Artillery Supply Company of the Polish II Corps. He enjoyed wrestling and was taught to salute when greeted. He was officially drafted into the Polish Army as a private.

A bear, named Wojtek, reportedly fought alongside his fellow Polish soldiers at the savage Battle of Monte Cassino in the spring of 1944, carrying heavy crates of mortar shells. With the approval of the Polish high command, the company's emblem was then changed to one showing a bear carrying a massive artillery shell. After the war, Wojtek lived in Edinburgh Zoo until his death in 1963. Books, statues and even a documentary keep the memory of his unique service alive.

Wojtek was a Syrian brown bear cub found in Iran and adopted by soldiers of the Artillery Supply Company of the Polish II Corps.