Image of Wojtek the soldier bear painted on 22nd Artillery Supply Company vehicles during the Second World War

Emblem painted on Polish 22nd Artillery Supply Company vehicles

While the 1st Polish Corps was preparing in Britain for operations in Normandy, the 2nd Polish Corps, organised in the Middle East from Polish soldiers released from Soviet captivity, was fighting its way up the Italian peninsula. Its moment of crowning glory was the raising of the Polish national flag over the ruins of Monte Cassino on 18 May 1943. The Poles’ contribution to the battle was helped by arguably the most unconventional combatant in the whole of the Second World War.

You can read his remarkable story here and a memoir about him here

The Wojtek Memorial Trust

Celebrate the life of Wojtek the Polish Soldier Bear and those who were with him.