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Meet Wojtek, The Soldier Bear From Poland, Who Fought The Nazis During World War II

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Purchased as a young cub from a railway station in Iran by a group of Polish soldiers during World War II , Wojtek was enlisted into the army as a private in order to be given rations and transportation. He was subsequently promoted to corporal and helped to move crates of ammunition during the Battle of Monte Cassino in 1944 – swiftly becoming a celebrity among the Allied troops. After the war, Wojtek lived out the rest of his life at Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland, and was commemorated by a statue in Edinburgh's Princes Street Gardens that was erected in 2015.


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