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Wojtek the Bear: Polish War Hero First Edition Edition
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Orr grew up in post-World War II in the Borders area of Scotland on a farm near to a Polish troop demobilization center. It was there in the period immediately after World War II that her grandfather came to know and love Wojtek, a brown bear who served and was given a rank in the Polish Second Army. By the time Orr was a young girl, Wojtek had become a resident of the Edinburgh Zoo. This is where Orr would go to visit Wojtek. Wojtek lived until the age of 22. He died at the Zoo in 1963.
The saga of Wojtek (pronounced Voy-check) begins with his adoption in 1942 by Polish troops stationed in Iran. His socialization was as a member of a platoon of men, not as a wild bear as he would otherwise have been, gatherering and hunting for food, wary of men. What is fascinating is that Wojtek probably considered himself as much a human as a bear since from an impressionable age he had no mama bear to teach him. Instead, he modeled himself as a soldier, following the lead of the soldiers as they did their daily duties and practiced their field maneuvers.
For more than five years, Wojtek lived freely with the Polish soldiers, modeling his behavior on theirs, wrestling with them, rough-housing and playing games with them, eating as they ate. A mascot and morale-booster, Wojtek was this and much more. The Polish Second (Artillery) Corps moved many times from Iran to Iraq, to Palestine, to Egypt, Italy and finally, to Scotland. As the Army moved, so did Wojtek.Read more ›
fought so bravely and then did not have a country to call home. The Polish army that was not even allowed to march in the victory parade in
London for fear of offending Josef Stalin. Truly a moment of which the British should be truly ashamed
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A surprisingly great book,the true story of Wojtek the Bear.I'd definitely recommend this one!Published 8 months ago by Jan
Who would've ever thought a bear could be a solider. Wojtek had some really funny moments of all the things a bear can get into while enlisted in the armed forces.Published 13 months ago by Sven