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The bear that went to war

BOOKLIST



Please note that some of the information in the books listed below may not be historically accurate.

The comic, listed first on this page, and available in PolishEnglish,  Italian, and  French language versions online, was produced with the support and guidance of Professor Wojciech Narębski, who is the last surviving member of the 22nd Artillery Supply Company, living in Poland, and who therefore witnessed Wojtek's story. This publication can be considered a reliable source of information.

You may also like to read this page  for details of Wojtek's story as confirmed by some of the men who served with him. 


Publications for young readers can be easily identified by this symbol: 


COMIC/KOMIKS


​​The following publication, produced in comic format, was part of an eTwinning project conducted by the Complex of Textile-Trade Schools, in Żagań, Poland under the supervision of Wioletta Sosnowska and in ITCG Luigi Paolini in Imola, in Italy under the supervision of Angela Riccomi. Wojciech Narębski, who witnessed Wojtek's story as a member of the 22nd Artillery Supply Company acted as a consultant on this Project. ​


POLISH VERSION (Published 17 October 2010)

Jak niedźwiedź Wojtek Został Żołnierzem
(Prawdziwa Historia Niedzwiedzia,
Żołnierza 2 Korpusu Polskiego) 


ENGLISH VERSION (Published 27 February 2011)

How Wojtek, a bear, became a soldier

(The true story of the soldier-bear of the 2nd Polish Corp)


FRENCH VERSION (Published 8 March 2011)

Comment l'ours Wojtek est devenu soldat
(La véritable histoire de l’ours – 

soldat du 2čme Corps Polonais)

​https://issuu.com/violina/docs/comment_l_ours_wojtek_est_devenu_soldat.


ITALIAN VERSION (Published 9 March 2011)
Come l'orso Wojtek e divenato soldato
(La vera storia dell’orso –
soldato del 2° Corpo d’Armata Polacco)



BOOKS IN ENGLISH 


Look for these books at your local library, good bookstores, and online booksellers such as Amazon and AbeBooks.


CUTCHIN, James

Once a Hero: The Story of Private Wojtek Bear WWII Soldier

Outskirts Press, 18 September 2015

ISBN10: 1478762888    ISBN13: 9781478762881



DUMAN TAK, Bibi

Soldier Bear

​Eerdmans Books for young readers: Translation Edition. 2 February 2011

ISBN: 10: 0802853757 ISBN 13: 9780802853752


NOTES: This book for children is an English translation of the book
​written by Bibi Dumon Tak in Dutch under the title of Soldaat Wojtek.


FILABER, Wojciech

The Shepherds of Monte Cassino

Matador, 28 October 2021 

ISBN: 9781800464940


NOTES: Children's book available through author’s website.

Fictional story about a team of brave animals lead by Wojtek travelling

to Monte Cassino to fight the enemy.


FILABER, Wojciech

War Bear: Fearless War Hero

Matador, 28 March 2021

ISBN: 9781800461017

NOTES: Children's book available through author’s website.

FILABER, Wojciech

Wojtek Four-Footed War Hero

Wydawnictwo Psychoskok, 2022

ISBN: 9788381199209


NOTES: A story written for young children, from Wojtek's point of view.

Available through author’s website.


​HICKS, Peter

Beyond the Call of Duty: Animal Bravery in Wartime

Wayland, 8 January 2015

ISBN10: 0750284153. ISBN13: 9780750284158


NOTES: Book written for young readers.


​​​HIÇYILMAZ Gaye / CAMPLING, Annie

And the Stars Were Gold

​Hard Back Edition: Orion Children’s Books,1997

ISBN 10: 1858814804  ISBN 13: 9781858814803 


​Paperback Edition: Dolphin Paperbacks, 2000

ISBN 10: 1858814812 ISBN 13: 9781858814810 


​NOTES: Written for young readers. Gaye Hiçyilmaz is an English

writer who has also published under the name, Annie Campling.


HOOD, Susan

BROTHERS IN ARMS: A True World War II Story of Wojtek the Bear

and the Soldiers Who Loved Him

​Harper Collins - to be published on 4 October 2022


NOTES: The true story of Wojtek told for young readers.


IVELL, Krystyna and BACZOR, Vi

Wojtek album: collection of Wojtek photographs and anecdotes

Krystyna Ivell, 2013

ISBN 10: 0992632706    ISBN 13: 97-0992632700


NOTES: View Imperial War Museum record here


MIKULA-DEEGAN, Krystyna

Private Wojtek Soldier Bear

Matador, 29 July 2011 

ISBN10: 9781780880037    ISBN13: 978170880037


NOTES: Fictional account based on Wojtek’s story, including historical information.


MORGAN, Geoffrey and LASOCKI, Wiesław,

Soldier Bear

​​Hard Back Edition: Collins Distribution Service, 1970 

ISBN10: 0002117932       ISBN13: 9780002117937


Paperback Edition: Armada Lions. ASIN B0013PW400



MORGAN, Geoffrey and LASOCKI, Wiesław

(editors G. Angielini and D. Kuławiak),

Wojtek Soldier Bear – La Straordinaria Storia di Wojtek

                                    – Conil 2nd Corpo Polacco in Italia

Angelini Photo Editore, 1 April 2010 

ISBN 10: 888793049X   ISBN13: 9788887930498


NOTES: Multilingual edition (Italian and English)


MOULDER, Bob and McCRORY, Moy

Wojtek: The Bear Who Went to War 

Markosia, August 2021

ISBN 10: 1913802906   ISBN 13: 9781913802905


NOTES: Book written for children


ORR, Aileen

Wojtek the Bear: Polish War Hero

Birlinn Ltd. New Edition,  5 June 2014.

ISBN 10: 1843410656  ISBN 13: 9781843410652

Kindle Edition ASIN B006WB2 FN6, 21 June 2012 


Dark Cover paperback, ASIN: BO12HU7VDE, 5 June 2014 


PAULIN, Garry

Voytek the Soldier Bear: Niedźwiedź Żołnierz o imieniu Wojtek

Garry Paulin, 1 February 2008 

ISBN 10: 0955829-50X     ISBN 13: 9780955829505


NOTES: Book written for children in Polish and English


POLLOCK, Alan

Wojtek: The Bear Who Went to War

​Old Barn Books

Hard Back Edition, 2 May 2019

ISBN 10: 1910646415  ISBN 13: 978191064640     


Paperback Edition, 5 September 2019 

ISBN 10: 1910646520     ISBN 13: 97819106462526

NOTES: Listen to this children’s book read by the author here



ROBERTSON, Jenny

Wojtek: War Hero Bear

​Birlinn Ltd. New Edition 1 May 2014.

ISBN 10: 1780272278   ISBN 13: 9781780272276.  

Kindle Edition ASIN: Book 4JT6WW


NOTES: Written for young readers 8 to 12 years


BOOKS IN POLISH


Look for these books at Polish libraries and bookstores.

Some may also be available through Amazon and Polish online booksellers.


FILABER, Wojciech

Niedźwiedź Wojny: Nieustraszony Bohater

Wydawnictwo Psychoskok, 24 March 2021

ISBN 10‏:‎ 8381198097  ISBN 13: 9788381198097


NOTES: This is the Polish language version of Wojciech Filaber’s children's

book, War Bear: Fearless War Hero and is available through the author’s website.


FILABER, Wojciech

Wojtek, Czworonożny Bohater Wojny

Wydawnictwo Psychoskok, 2022   

            

NOTES: This is the Polish language version of Wojciech Filaber’s

Wojtek Four-Footed War Hero, his book for young children, written from

the point of view of Wojtek, and is available through the author’s website.


LASOCKI, Wiesław

Wojtek spod Monte Cassino 

Gryf Publications,1968 

ISBN 10: 0901342009   ISBN 13: 9780901342003


NOTES: This Polish language book was written for children.


MIKLASZEWSKA, Maryna

Wojtek z Armii Andersa

​Fronda, 2016

ISBN:  9788377859971


NOTES: Available fromlubimyczytac.plwhich offers a choice of stores for E books.

The site will translate into English.


NIEDZIELA-STROBEL, Anna,

Przygody Misia Wojtka, Dzielnego Żołnierza

​Fundacja Niepodległości, 2015

ISBN: 9788393930142 


NOTES: Children's book written in the Polish language


ORR, Aileen

Niedźwiedź Wojtek. Niezwykły Żołnierz Armii Andersa 

Replika, 2017

ISBN 9788376741000


NOTES: This book is the Polish translation of Aileen Orr’s

Wojtek the Bear: Polish War Hero.


PAULIN, Garry

Voytek the Soldier Bear: Niedźwiedź Żołnierz o imieniu Wojtek

Garry Paulin, 1 February 2008 
ISBN 10: 0955829-50X     ISBN 13: 9780955829505

NOTES: Book written for children in Polish and English



PIOTROWSKA, Eliza

Wojtek. Żołnierz bez munduru

Kś. Wojciecha, 2017

ISBN: 9788380650398


NOTES: Polish children's book.



PRZYMANOWSKI, Janusz

Kanonier Wojciech 

Wydawnictwo Poznańskie, 1979

ISBN 8321000851


NOTES: Children's book written in Polish



WIERZBICKI, Łukasz

Dziadek i Niedźwiadek - Historia Prawdziwa

​Pointa!, 2012

ISBN: 9788392499138 


NOTES: Book written for children in Polish


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