The four-legged soldier

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Wojtek the Bear – a hero of World War 2, a Syrian brown bear found in Iran and adopted by soldiers of the 22nd Artillery Supply Company of the Polish II Corps. He was later officially enlisted as a soldier of the company with the rank of private, and subsequently became a corporal.[1]During the Battle of Monte Cassino, Wojtek helped move crates of ammunition.

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The most recent statue of Wojtek. This bronze statue of Wojtek in Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens was created by the sculptor Alan Beattie Herriot and unveiled on 7 November 2015. It represents Wojtek and a Polish Army soldier walking in peace and unity to show his journey from Egypt to Scotland alongside the Polish Army:

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The statue of Wojtek in Grimsby, Great Britain – The Carpathian Lancers, the armoured element of the 2nd Polish Corps, in which Wojtek served, arrived in Grimsby in 1945 and made a camp in Weelsby Woods their home until 1947, when their demobilisation was complete:

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On 25 April 2013, Kraków city council decided to erect a statue of Wojtek in Park Jordana. It was unveiled on 18 May 2014 – the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Monte Cassino:

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British songwriter Katy Carr released a music video called ‘Wojtek,’ on 17 September 2014 – the 75th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland:

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