The Incredible Story of Wojtek, the Soldier Bear An Iranian boy found a Syrian brown bear cub in and sold it to the Artillery Supply Company of the Polish II Corps for canned meat. Thats how the story of the most famous military animal started.
Wojtek The Bear with Polish actress and dancer Elżbieta Niewiadowska
When the units were ordered to Italy, Wojtek was officially drafted into the Polish Army as a private so that he could sail from Egypt to Italy on an army transport ship.
Voytek the bear - Picture courtesy Imperial War Museum