The Bear Project
This year the children of Academos Primary School embarked on a project related to the story of Wojtek the Soldier Bear, a Syrian brown bear in the rank of a corporal in the 22nd Artillery Supply Company of the Polish II Corps. Formed in the Soviet Union in 1941 under the command of General Anders, the army walked all the way from northern Siberia and the Arctic Circle to Tehran in the then Persia, where they met a boy who carried a bear cub in a sack. He traded the bear for canned meat and this is how Wojtek’s story began. The bear fought in the battle of Monte Cassino, 1944, carrying crates with ammunition and later made it with the Polish soldiers all the way to Scotland.