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The Resource Wojtek the bear : Polish war hero, Aileen Orr

Wojtek the bear : Polish war hero, Aileen Orr

Label
Wojtek the bear : Polish war hero
Title
Wojtek the bear
Title remainder
Polish war hero
Statement of responsibility
Aileen Orr
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • New, updated edition in advance of the unveiling of a statue of Wojtek next to the Scott Monument, Edinburgh, in May 2014. Journalist and historian Neal Ascherson reflects on the Polish experience in the Second World War. Wojtek has memorials at the Imperial War Museum, London, Edinburgh Zoo and in Canada, and he is a national hero in Poland.
  • 'hilarious and moving' - Scotsman 'It is both moving and amusing' - Lord David Steel
Biographical or historical data
Aileen Orr was born in Dumfries and raised in Lockerbie before going on to study at the London School of Economics. After a few years in banking, she married and became a Regional Director of the SCA. She stood for both the Westminster and Scottish parliaments and currently enjoys working with parliamentarians on a variety of issues and all things Polish. Neal Ascherson was born in Edinburgh and studied at Cambridge University. A journalist for many years, he has also written numerous books and is well known as an authority on Polish and East European affairs.
Cataloging source
UK-WkNB
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Orr, Aileen
Dewey number
  • 940.5412438
  • 940.5412438
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • POLAND
  • Poland. Armia
  • Bears
  • Animals
  • Animals
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Wojtek (Bear)
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Polish people
  • Second World War
  • History: specific events & topics
  • Warfare and Defence
  • Second World War
  • Modern warfare
  • History: specific events & topics
Summary expansion
This is the inspiring and charming true story of one of the Second World War's most unusual combatants - a 500-pound cigarettesmoking, beer-drinking brown bear. Originally adopted as a mascot by the Polish Army in Iran, Wojtek soon took on a more practical role, carrying heavy mortar rounds for the troops and going on to play his part as a fully enlisted 'soldier' with his own rank and number during the Italian campaign. After the war, Wojtek, along with some of his Polish compatriots from II Corps, came to Berwickshire, where he became a significant member of the local community before subsequently moving to Edinburgh Zoo. Wojtek's retirement was far from quiet: a potent symbol of freedom and solidarity for Poles around the world, he attracted a huge amount of media interest that shows no sign of abating almost 50 years after his death
Target audience
general
Label
Wojtek the bear : Polish war hero, Aileen Orr
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Paperback
Control code
9781843410652
Dimensions
20x13x2 cm.
Extent
224 p.
Isbn
9781843410652
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Specific material designation
regular print
Label
Wojtek the bear : Polish war hero, Aileen Orr
Publication
Note
Paperback
Control code
9781843410652
Dimensions
20x13x2 cm.
Extent
224 p.
Isbn
9781843410652
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Specific material designation
regular print

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