It was 75 years ago that polish fighters rescued wojtek the bear who became known as a cigarette smoking beer drinking world war ii hero. The story of wojtek a brown bear adopted as a orphaned cub by polish soldiers is well known in some quarters notably in britain and among polish veterans of world war ii however his story may not be so well known elsewhere aileen orrs new biography wojtek the bear polish war hero will help to remedy that. Wojtek the bear polish war hero by aileen orr is an endearing true story of a syrian bear in the persian mountains that in april 1942 joined a polish contingent of soldiers on their way to palestine the soldiers had stopped in the zagros mountains for a meal break and were joined by a hungry local boy with a sack around his neck. The incredible true story of wojtek the bear a four legged army hero who terrorised spies and smoked and drank beer with the troops by the time the war was over the 30 stone bear had grown
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