Wojtek history Warbear
• Wojtek history Warbear
A series of battles of Monte Cassino went down in history as one of the bloodiest operations of the Allied forces. Particular attention was drawn to the so-called Second Corps of the Polish Anders Army. Firstly, thanks to the dedication of soldiers left on the battlefield about one-third of the personnel. And secondly - I fought a real bear on their side. It is difficult, in fact, do not pay attention to the pile bristling fangs and claws of meat, flying at you at a rate of death.
This, of course, not a single case of animals participating in the hostilities. At all times people have tried to, anyway, use our smaller brethren. Princess Olga, burned villages enemies with pigeons, dogs, with mines attached to them - the list can be endless. History Wojtek, fighting a bear, standing, still, alone. This bear voluntarily went to war and fought not only with courage, but without any compulsion.
The Polish soldiers found a bear cub in Iran. Bank of canned food, a pocket knife and a couple of chocolate bars - that's the exact cost, a boy named host then still nameless beast. The bear was so small that he could not chew food itself and the Poles had to feed it from the nipple.
A few years Wojtek (translated into Russian, "Anyone who loves to fight") traveled together with the Second Corps. Iran, Palestine, North Africa, and finally Italy. Anders Army soldiers were famous and recklessness of
The first time Wojtek has shown himself in Palestine: on the site of two not seen a guard spies a wild animal has left only bloody rags. For a while Wojtek feared even his own, however, bear the members of "his" company of aggression did not show ever.
Wojtek all different intelligence and wit. The soldiers perceived his equal comrade - bear, with time, it has become a regular feature on the construction companies, and even learned to salute officers.
As with all the other soldiers company, Wojtek liked beer, sweets and chewing tobacco. Rich life of personnel soldier!
Talisman Artillery Company, officially adopted for service in the Polish army, and survived the Allied invasion of Italy, and a heavy operation covering trapped in the boiler 78th British Division. This battle was for Wojtek finest hour.
Soldiers of the 22nd company stuck on Monte Cassino. On the slopes of the entrenched elite German forces, which managed to drown in blood the previous attack Americans, Dutch and English. Concede a strategic height some Poles, German paratroopers were not going to.
On the third day of fighting spirit of the soldiers fell to the Second Division. There were not enough people for the attacks, command officers and even manpower for timely delivery of ammunition. Artillery wagons, where Wojtek spinning, unloaded hours. At some point, a clever bear came up to the side of the car and lifted the paw. Soldiers jokingly gave him a box of ammunition. A beast complete surprise to several tens viewers picked up and carried it to the artillery calculation.
and returned. Once again. Of course, one Wojtek could not provide ammunition entire squad. Could people suddenly decided to work and fight to the end. Breakdown was replaced by hysterical enthusiasm. That's it for the mad attacks.
In the evening of the same day on the slope stood the Polish flag. Bearing shell Wojtek became the official emblem of the Artillery Company - drawing done by one of the soldiers-drivers.
The bear went through the war without a scratch, and died at the ripe old age, in a hospital bed in Edinburgh Zoo.