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The Bear who went to War

The Bear who went to War

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by Alan Pollock; illustrated by Bryony Thomson.

New 32pp paperback edition reprinted in the UK June 2023.

Based on the true story of the bear cub adopted by young Polish solders who fought in the cruel and decisive Battle of Monte Cassino in May 1944. Wojtek became the soldiers' companion through the Italian campaign and, after they made him an Officer, stood alongside them in battle, ultimately emigrating with them to Scotland when all were left stateless at the end of the war. A story of loyalty, friendship, family and displacement amongst the senseless horror of war.

Available with signed bookplates.

Watch Alan's reading of the book here:


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