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The bear that went to war


​9.  Wojtek loaded heavy crates of ammunition onto trucks during the Italian campaign.


​One of the most well-known tales of Wojtek’s exploits was that during the Battle of Monte Cassino, he carried crates of ammunition and loaded them onto trucks.

This was apparently a story made up by some of the men of the 22nd Artillery Supply Company around a campfire gathering after the battle of Monte Cassino. They managed to convince a visiting war correspondent who promptly published this as a news report. There are no photos of the bear carrying crates.

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