Miś Wojtek

Wojtec the bear.

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

Wojtek the Soldier Bear, 1942

A Polish artillery supply company  adopted a brown bear cub and named him Wojtek. When the company was deployed to support the British in the Italian campaign, pets weren’t allowed. The Polish force officially enlisting Wojtek as a private. During the Battle of Monte Cassino, he carried ammunition along and never dropped a crate.  Wojtek the Soldier Bear survived the war and moved to the Edinburgh Zoo, which is apparently the go-to home for military animals of all countries.

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.

Niedźwiedź Wojtek

Niedźwiedź Wojtek

PIĄTA STRONA ŚWIATA: Szeregowy Wojtek, niedźwiedź z korpusu Andersa

Wojtek The Bear with Polish actress and dancer Elżbieta Niewiadowska

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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

Voytek the bear - Picture courtesy Imperial War Museum

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Another Wojtek the Soldier Bear photo. (Also known as "Voytek" depending on the transliteration from the original Polish.

PIĄTA STRONA ŚWIATA: Szeregowy Wojtek, niedźwiedź z korpusu Andersa

Cub Wojtek with Polish soldiers, Iran,

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Powodem nr 1 dla którego zdecydowałem się na tę wycieczkę była możliwość zobaczenia Monte Cassino, cmentarza i klasztoru. Nazwa Cassino wywodzi się od łacińskiego Cassium (Stary Gród) czyli ...

Monte Cassino

Powodem nr 1 dla którego zdecydowałem się na tę wycieczkę była możliwość zobaczenia Monte Cassino, cmentarza i klasztoru. Nazwa Cassino wywodzi się od łacińskiego Cassium (Stary Gród) czyli ...

Wojciech Narebski

Wojciech Narebski

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On 17 May Polish II Corps launched their second attack on Monte Cassino. A patrol of Polish Podolian Polish cavalry Regiment finally raised a Polish flag over the ruins.

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Wojtek was a Syrian brown bear cub found in Iran and adopted by soldiers of the Artillery Supply Company of the Polish II Corps. During the Battle of Monte Cassino, Wojtek helped move ammunition

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Wojtek (Voytek), a mascot bear of the Transport Artillery Company (Army Service Corps, Polish Corps) being fed by one of the Company's soldiers.

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