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BRITISH ARMY ITALY 1944 (NA 15075) A 17-pdr anti-tank gun and crew near Cassino, 17 May 1944. A Sherman tank can be seen in the background.

BRITISH ARMY ITALY 1944 (NA 15075) A 17-pdr anti-tank gun and crew near Cassino, 17 May 1944. A Sherman tank can be seen in the background.

Infantry of the East Surrey Regiment enter the ruins of Cassino, Italy, 18 May 1944

Infantry of the East Surrey Regiment enter the ruins of Cassino, Italy, 18 May 1944

The bear, named Wojtek, reportedly even 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.

The bear, named Wojtek, reportedly even 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.

World War II Uniforms -Germany - Waffen SS 12th Panzer Grenadier Division Hitlerjugend - Normandy 1944

World War II Uniforms -Germany - Waffen SS 12th Panzer Grenadier Division Hitlerjugend - Normandy 1944

New Zealand soldiers drinking tea during a break in manoeuvres in the Cassino area in Italy, 5 April 1944.

New Zealand soldiers drinking tea during a break in manoeuvres in the Cassino area in Italy, 5 April 1944.

Les combattants du Corps Expéditionnaire Français en Italie, pin by Paolo Marzioli

Les combattants du Corps Expéditionnaire Français en Italie, pin by Paolo Marzioli

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.

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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