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‘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…

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This bear cub drinking milk from a bottle was found in Iran by Polish soldiers of 22nd artillery company in 1942. He was named Wojtek (meaning happy or smiling warrior) and travelled with them all over North Africa & Europe. During the Battle of Monte Cassino, Wojtek helped move ammunition. Afterwards, an effigy of a bear holding an artillery shell was the official emblem of the 22nd Company

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Ruins of the Town of Cassino, Italy, April 1944. The Battle of Monte Cassino (also known as the Battle for Rome and the Battle for Cassino) was a costly series of four WWII battles fought by the Allies between January 17, 1944 and May 19, 1944. The Allies intent was to break through German lines and seize Rome. These operations resulted in casualties of over 54,000 Allied and 20,000 German soldiers and destroyed the historic abbey of Monte Cassino and the town below.

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Infantry of the East Surrey Regiment enter the ruins of Cassino, Italy, 18 May 1944, pin by Paolo Marzioli

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Battle Monte Cassino January - May 1944 (MH 1984) Troops of the 2nd Polish Corps throwing grenades at the enemy during heavy fighting around Monte Cassino.

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