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Battle of Monte Cassino, Italy, Jan 1944: The crew of this disabled Panzer is feverishly trying to repair a blown track while under fire. Manhandling hundreds of kilos of steel into place is a hard job under ideal conditions, let alone under machine gun fire. Fortunately for the Panzer troops, their tank provides cover while the job proceeds.

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Story of Poland's 'soldier bear' Wojtek turned into film

A soldier gets to grips with Wojtek. Photo courtesy of The Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum

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Battle Monte Cassino January - May 1944 (MH 1984) Troops of the 2nd Polish Corps throwing grenades at the enemy during heavy fighting around Monte Cassino.

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Cassino, Italy: The “day after” of one of most fierce battles of the World War II. Spring 1944.

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‘Wojtek (1942–1963) was a Syrian brown bear cub adopted by soldiers of the 22nd Artillery of the Polish II Corps. ‘He was officially drafted into the Polish Army as a private. During the Battle of Monte Cassino, Wojtek helped move ammunition.

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The Battle of Monte Cassino was a costly series of four assaults by the Allies against the Winter Line in Italy held by Axis forces during the Italian Campaign of World War II. The intention was a breakthrough to Rome.

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Cassino (Italy) by SMU Central University Libraries, via Flickr - aftermath of the Battle of Monte Cassino 1944

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Ruins of the Town of Cassino, Italy, April 1944. The Battle of Monte Cassino (also known as the Battle for Rome and the Battle for Cassino) was a costly series of four WWII battles fought by the Allies between January 17, 1944 and May 19, 1944. The Allies intent was to break through German lines and seize Rome. These operations resulted in casualties of over 54,000 Allied and 20,000 German soldiers and destroyed the historic abbey of Monte Cassino and the town below.

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‘Wojtek (1942–1963) was a Syrian brown bear cub found in Iran and adopted by soldiers of the 22nd Artillery Supply Company of the Polish II Corps. He enjoyed wrestling and was taught to salute when greeted. With the company he moved to Iraq and then through Syria, Palestine and Egypt. ‘He was officially drafted into the Polish Army as a private. During the Battle of Monte Cassino, Wojtek helped move ammunition. ‘Following demobilization on November 15, 1947, Wojtek was given to the…

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BATTLES MONTE CASSINO JANUARY - MAY 1944 (NA 15352) Commander of the Polish 2nd Corps, Lieutenant General Władysław Anders and the Commander of the Allied Armies in Italy, General the Hon Sir Harold Alexander salute, after General Alexander had invested General Anders with the Order of the Bath in recognition of Polish services at Cassino. Lieutenant Eugeniusz Lubomirski, General Anders' adjutant, is standing behind his commander.

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